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Protecting Your Health in the New Year

  • Posted on: Dec 15 2018
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When it comes to the holidays, temptation can lurk around every corner. Delicious drinks, chocolatey desserts, our favorite foods, and everything we enjoy seems to be calling to us. What makes it even more difficult is the amount of parties and family reunions that fill up the calendar: there’s no shortage of opportunities to eat foods that aren’t so good for us. Plus, escaping a party empty-handed is nearly impossible. There are leftovers that need to be doled out.

If you’re trying to take care of your cardiovascular system, the holidays can cause extra hurdles. Keep reading for a few tips on how you can stay on track, while still enjoying all the holidays have to offer.

Cholesterol

Did you know that cholesterol is the leading cause of death in the United States? Unfortunately, it’s true. So what can you do to avoid being one of the estimated 81 million people who suffers from high cholesterol? Well, first, understanding what is going on in your body is key. Cholesterol comes from two sources: your body and the food you eat. Your liver and other cells in your body make about 75% of blood cholesterol; the other 25% comes from the foods you eat. So, changing your cholesterol levels involve lifestyle changes.

And, thankfully, those changes don’t need to be made all at once.

Lifestyle Changes

Changing your cholesterol is about more than eating an apple every day then going back to sitting on the couch. It takes more than that, but starting with little goals can help keep you moving forward. Before you cut out everything you love to eat and make yourself join the gym, take a minute and ask yourself why you do things the way you do. Understanding the forces at work can help you make lasting changes.

For example, do you head to the snack table because you really want a brownie, or are you looking for a few minutes away from the crowd to relax? Or, do you just want to socialize for a bit and meet new people that are all gathering around the treats? Understanding why you head to snack table can help you change your habits. If you’re hungry, try eating something healthy at home before you head to a party. You’ll be more full and less likely to load up on sweet treats.

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