4 Easy Ways to Get Healthy for the New Year

December 2016

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4 Easy Ways to Get Healthy for the New Year

Regardless of whether or not you make New Year’s resolutions, we could all stand to do something to make ourselves a little healthier. The good news is that you can make a few small, simple changes that can have a serious impact on your well-being. At Aten & Garofalo Dentistry, it is important to us that you feel healthy all year long. So check out these tips and give a few a try!

1. Give up those vices

We know this is easier said than done, but kicking bad habits is a huge part of getting healthy. For example, if any of the following is a part of your daily routine, you should consider a change:

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Junk Food
  • Soda

We won’t act like we don’t have the occasional glass of wine or piece of candy. Those are things that should be consumed in moderation. Tobacco, though? That’s something you should never use. It’s bad for your lungs, your teeth, your gums and your overall health.

2. Take care of your mouth

There is a reason we tell you to brush and floss every day, and it goes beyond simply keeping your teeth looking pretty. The truth is that your mouth is a gateway to the rest of your body! Germs can enter your bloodstream through gums that are in bad shape, cavities and more. So take care of your teeth and make sure you see your dentist twice this year.

3. Walk every day

Not everyone can make it to the gym for an hour or two every day. However, we should all be able to squeeze in 30 minutes of walking a day. You can take the dog out for a stroll or park further away from the office. Even if you have to split up those 30 minutes into a few different walks, your heart and body will be better for it.

4. Eat your veggies

Vegetables are one of the most nutrient-rich foods you can consume, so do it! According to ChooseMyPlate.gov, the amount of veggies you need every day will vary based on your age and weight. Most adults should eat between 2 and 3 cups a day. Find ways to sneak them in, like adding extra carrots to that salad or packing some celery and peppers for a midday snack. Not only will this give you vitamins, but it will also help fill you up so you don’t reach for unhealthy food.

Have any other quick ideas for getting healthy this year? Please feel free to share them with us on Facebook!

5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Over the Holidays

It’s that time of year when there are countless holiday parties overflowing with food, drinks and even more food. While so many people look forward to this time of year, we know that it can also give some of us pause, either because we know it can be stressful, or unhealthy, or simply overwhelming. We have put together some tips to help you survive the holidays by taking care of yourself.

Give Yourself a Break

The shopping, the decorating, the cooking and the partying – there is a lot going on. Remember to take some time for yourself when you can. Put up your feet for a few minutes, read a book or do whatever it is you need to do to recharge your batteries. No one wants to be burned out by the time the big day comes around.

Mind Your Teeth

The holidays can easily take you out of your routine of regular brushing and flossing. Our Charlotte dentist asks you to keep in mind that your teeth are particularly under attack at this time of year due to the sugary foods and drinks you will likely consume. Take the two minutes twice a day to brush your teeth – and make sure you do the same for your kids!

Enjoy Treats Without Overdoing It

We know that you might have a number of sweets coming into the house. Instead of leaving them sitting around where they will tempt you, you can freeze some for later, give some away and just keep a few pieces for yourself. Some other tricks for maintaining your weight over the holidays include:

  • Don’t go to a party hungry, as it can lead to overindulging on unhealthy foods.
  • Limit alcohol intake.
  • Try to minimize the number of “tastes” you take while baking holiday treats.

Experts also advise burning off those extra calories. Chase the kids around the house, talk a walk after dinner or help clean up after a party.

Don’t Put Pressure on Yourself

This can be problematic for anyone. For example, people hosting parties feel the need to execute everything perfectly. Some people worry that their family is not picture-perfect (though no one’s is!). Pump the breaks on those kinds of thoughts and remember that this is a time of year to enjoy, not stress out. If your family is a source of stress, try to set limits. Perhaps only stay a night or two at their house, or decide on a timeframe for which you will attend a family gathering with a set endpoint for when you can leave.

Allow Yourself to Say “Yes” and “No”

Lastly, give yourself permission to do what it is you need to do to enjoy the season. If that means that perhaps you skip a holiday party because you are dreading it, then do it. If it means eating an extra piece of dark chocolate, then do it. Ask yourself what you want to get out of the holiday season for yourself and your family, and find a way to do it.