To the editor,
The holiday season is a time of year for celebration, but can also present new stress in our lives. The temporary change in our routines can affect our eating habits, physical activity levels, and our mood. Physicians in the province encourage you to notice your stressors this season and to take action to remedy them.
The holidays can provide what seems like a never-ending supply of delicious, but not nutritious, food. It’s OK to indulge during the holiday season, but it’s important to continue to get the nutrients your body needs. As with most good things, moderation is key.
Try to avoid sweets, fatty foods, and excessive alcohol consumption and make sure to take the time to get some physical activity. Maintaining a healthy diet and making physical activity a priority are effective ways to help you deal with the stresses of the holidays.
If you are hosting holiday celebrations this year, ensure that your guests are drinking responsibly. Advocate against impaired driving and make sure that everyone has a safe drive home. Be sure to include non-alcoholic drink options for guests. Serving food at celebrations can slow down the absorption of alcohol and small meals instead of snack foods are recommended.
Monitoring your food choices, being physical active and limiting your alcohol consumption can all contribute to lower levels of stress and higher levels of holiday cheer.
Doctors Nova Scotia wishes everyone a safe, healthy and happy holiday! Enjoy and celebrate responsibly.
Mike Fleming, BSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP
President, Doctors Nova Scotia