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Relieving and Managing Holiday Stress with ChiropracticPOSTED DECEMBER 2, 2019

Chiropractic care is important all year round, but I think it is especially important during the holiday season since the holidays can be a very stressful time for so many. While there is so much to be grateful for, it is also easy to forget to take care of your own health. Skipping your Chiropractic adjustments when your body needs it most is never the right thing to do.

I hear that ALL the time: “It’s the busiest time of the year, I don’t have the time to make it in for an appointment!”  Don’t get me wrong, I know the holidays are busy.   Between holiday parties, decorating, travel plans, and last-minute holiday shopping, who has the time to do anything extra?  Well, think about this…who has time to be sick, work through headaches or nurse a painful back?

By taking the time to receive chiropractic care during the holidays, you’ll be able to manage stress and the effects of stress better.

 How Stress Affects Our Lives

This time of year people equate getting sick with the colder weather, but the truth is, increased sugar, alcohol consumption (also sugar) and Holiday STRESS is what greatly decreases your immunity and leaves you vulnerable to illness.  Our bodies deal with stress by tensing up and slowing or speeding up important bodily functions.  The end result can be headaches, migraines, neck pain, low back pain, jaw pain, stomach aches, digestive issues, increased blood pressure, catching more colds, getting a sinus infection, or just feeling run down.

Chiropractic to the Rescue!

Chiropractic is my go-to for managing stress.  It is a powerful tool to help deal with the negative effects of stress on the body because Chiropractic Adjustments positively influence the nervous system…which controls every function of our bodies. Here are just a few reminders why it is so important to stay up-to-date with your chiropractic check-ups this time of year:

  • Pain relief

Muscle tension in the neck and shoulder area and headaches take top billing when it comes to how stress affects us physically. Chiropractic care is a real gift to those who are suffering.  Chiropractic adjustments offer relief of discomfort and can have you back to your holiday plans in no time!

Unless you’re staying at home for the holidays, odds are you’ll be feeling some type of travel pain come January. Whether you’re flying, driving, or stuck on a pullout sofa – the holiday travel can leave you in some pretty uncomfortable positions.  These positions can put a lot of stress on your spine creating pain and discomfort. Seeking chiropractic care before and after holiday travel will go a long way to help you through this busy season!  (Check my holiday travel tips to prevent pain!)

  • Fend off the Infections

‘Tis the season for the sniffles and chills. Being stuck indoors or on an airplane, weaker immune systems due to sugar consumption and stress, and decreased vitamin D levels, create the perfect storm for opportunistic infections like a nasty cold. Getting additional spinal adjustments can help stimulate your nervous system, boost your immune system, promote lymph drainage and help to get over illness faster, minimize the severity of illnesses or help to prevent them altogether. If you suffer from colds, upper respiratory infections and sinus infections around the holidays, this year take the opportunity to utilize your Chiropractic care to get well faster and stay well.

  • Improved Digestion

During the holidays, we tend to change our eating habits. We eat more.   We tend to consume fewer fruits and vegetables.  We eat more sugary foods and treats.  Our meals contain more starches and less fiber. These changes in diet can affect our digestion in many ways, (not to mention our waistlines). We can become constipated, bloated, gassy, or have heartburn. Chiropractic has a big impact on our digestion because it affects the nervous system, which in turn controls the nerves that go to our stomach and intestines. If this communication is not running smoothly, our digestion can slow down.  Adjustments can get your bowels running smoothly again and help keep you regular throughout the Holiday season.

  • Get a Jump Start on your New Year’s Resolutions.

This time each year, millions of Americans put working out and healthier eating at the very top of their New Year’s resolution list! If you’re looking to start a new workout plan this year, chances are you’ll be putting your body under a great deal of stress.

Visiting a chiropractor before embarking on such a journey is a fantastic idea. Not only will you get a great adjustment to start off the New Year right, but you can also get some trusted advice on what your body can handle.  An undiagnosed back, knee, or foot injury could sideline you early on in your New Year’s resolution journey – which is why we recommend having an evaluation before starting!

Did you know the average American gains 12 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day?  If weight loss is also on your resolutions list, I have a great weight loss program that can help you lose the holiday pounds in 30 days!!!  There’s no need for you to carry that excess baggage with you into spring.  If you join our weight loss program in January, you can be 15-30 pounds leaner by Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need help managing stress, call my office for a consultation.  I have 27 years of experience helping patients get well and stay well.

 

Dr. Hoch (pronounced Hoke), is a 1988 Graduate of Peotone High School and a 1990 Graduate of Joliet Junior College. She received both her B.S. in Human Biology (1991) and her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) (1993) from The National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL. She also received her graduate and post-graduate certifications in Acupuncture from NCC. This article is copyrighted and may not be copied or duplicated in any manner including printed or electronic media, regardless of whether for a fee or gratis without the prior written permission of Dr. Hoch.

Holiday Eating Survival GuidePOSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Research studies show that most adults gain some weight over the holidays. But don’t despair — this year can be different! Here are some great ways to enjoy the holidays without adding pounds.

Get moving

Check with your doctor first, of course. But one of the most effective ways to maintain or lose body weight is to engage in regular, sustained aerobic activity. To burn off those extra calories, kick up your exercise. If you don’t exercise at all currently, start with short 10 minute walks.  If exercise for 30 minutes three times per week, commit to doing this every day.  If you are already at 30 minutes per day, bump it up to 45 minutes. Keep in mind the exercise can be done in shorter bursts throughout your day.

Cheat a little

Allow yourself one small serving of a cookie or piece of candy every other day during the holiday season. Remember that you may have to compensate for it later in the day by reducing your total caloric intake or by burning a few extra calories with exercise.  Or, you can plan a cheat meal, just don’t overeat and do not allow your 1 cheat meal to become a cheat weekend.

Control the risk for temptation

Controlling even the slightest chance of coming in contact with “tempting” foods is one way to effectively reduce your calorie intake. While you won’t be able to control all situations, focus on the many you can. For example, do you keep candy or cookies at your desk or work-space? Are your holiday goodies stored in well-trafficked spots like the dining room or pantry? Make a mental note to keep goodies in places that are less accessible. If you bake, keep a small amount for you and your family, then give the rest away. And if you get food as a gift, either re-gift it, donate it or share it with others.

Eat your veggies and fruits

Eating five or more servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit each day is a great way to help fill your stomach without exceeding your calorie count. Compared gram for gram with other snack foods (like chips, crackers and cookies), fruits and vegetables contain fewer calories and tons more nutrients. What’s more, the fiber in fruits and vegetables will fill you up faster than traditional snack foods.

Never go to a party hungry

Before you go to a holiday party, drink a full glass or two of water and eat a healthy snack such as a serving of your favorite fruit or a handful of raw nuts. When you arrive at the party, do not rush mindlessly to the food table to fill up on snacks.  Instead, assess your hunger.  Once you feel hungry, take a look at all the food that’s available. Becoming aware of all the options will help you make more mindful choices.

Be in charge of your party choices

Make heart-healthy choices at parties. Bring a healthy appetizer (raw veggies or homemade whole-wheat pita chips with Greek yogurt or hummus dip, corn chips & guacamole or edamame) or dessert (such as berries and whipped cream) so you know there will at least be one healthy choice. Use smaller plates to reduce the amount of food you eat. Avoid the sweet tables drinking too many calories.

Say no politely

Many times you feel forced to eat foods because people keep putting it in front of you. Learn to say no politely.

Focus on the socializing, not the food

Don’t stand around the food table at a party. Get out and mingle. Conversation is calorie-free! Standing is still better than sitting (burns more calories). Help clean up to burn even more calories.

Employ some of these holiday tips and have a happy and healthy holiday season!

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