Healthy holiday tips from Dr. Weil

Vionic Innovation Lab expert, Dr. Andrew Weil, gives his two tips on keeping it healthy through the holiday season.

Dr. Weil shares healthy holiday tips including a walk wearing Vionic walking shoes after eating.The holidays can be a tricky time for anyone attempting to keep up a health-conscious lifestyle. With so many sweet treats and high-calorie foods on the menu, it can be difficult to stay disciplined and keep the pounds off. Fortunately, the idea that Americans put on between five and ten pounds during the holiday season is more of a myth than a reality. In actuality, that number is closer to one pound, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health. It’s easy to be diverted from our healthy habits during the holidays, but it need not happen.

A couple of tips for healthy holiday habits:

• When it comes to food, keep in mind that it’s much more important to avoid sweets than fats. Recent research indicates that saturated fat – the kind that stays solid at room temperature – does not appear to contribute to heart disease risk, and may play a vital role in creating a feeling of fullness that can help your diet stay on track. So skip the candy and cookies, but enjoy some full–fat cheese from the holiday appetizer platter. If sweet foods are unavoidable, simply take a small helping – chances are, you won’t be the only one trying to stay the healthy course during this time of year!

• As for exercise, a packed schedule and snowy streets can make your usual run or bike ride challenging, but in my experience, asking, “Who wants to take a walk?” usually gets an enthusiastic response from a houseful of guests (who may, like you, be experiencing a bit of cabin fever). Start out with a short trip around the block, giving older relatives a chance to return home, then keep going with friends and relatives who crave a longer outdoor excursion. These walks can be a great time to both get some exercise and connect with people we have not seen for too long!

Above all, remember that the holidays should be about love, family and friends. If you find yourself drifting toward stress and consumerism, you have every right to set limits and make your priorities clear. You’ll likely find that those close to you agree. Together, you can make plans for a simpler, less stressful, more joyful holiday.

2 Responses to “ Healthy holiday tips from Dr. Weil ”

  1. Just want to thank you for creating the Ortho Heel. I am a Registered Nurse at a local hospital and I work 3 twelve hour shifts a week. Usually all in a row. Before Vionic Ortho Heels I had Plantar Fasciitis for years. I’ve had a tendon in my R foot to snap. Painful. MD said that was good, now I don’t need surgery. Right……. How sad. I’ve bought Dansko’s,, Alegria’s, and Sketcher Shape-Up’s. None worked to reduce foot and toe cramps, shin cramps, inter upper quad cramps, leg aches and hip pain like the Vionic Ortho Heels.

    I started with the Flip Flop while at the beach because the Plantar Fasciitis was making a damper of our vacation. While there I wore my shoes non stop with no pain what so ever in my feet. You talk about thankful I was thankful to be able to play with my grandchildren and to walk on the beach with no pain. Awesome….

    I just bought my first pair of clogs to wear to work. The first night I wore them for 12 hrs. I was up and down all night caring for my patients. In the morning when it was time to go home, I had no pain, no cramps anywhere.

  2. Tina Correlli

    I wanted to know if these shoe’s can be Machine Washed??

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