According to Dr. Liz Cruz, the bigger issue is the other health consequences that result from 3 months of overindulgence.
Break out the cookie recipes and loosen your belts, the season of eating is upon us! Between the parties, holiday treats, and festive comfort food, it’s no wonder Americans gain more weight between November – January than any other time of the year! New research shows the average American experiences a 0.4% weight gain over the holidays. While this may seem insignificant, the real problem is not the actual amount gained.
Cruz is sharing holiday facts about diet, nutrition, food, and digestion and has tips for people of all ages to make the season of indulgence as nutritious as possible.
Social aspects of the holiday season, of course, increase the likelihood of making poor food choices, but these temptations are not the only thing encouraging overindulgence. Research shows holiday-related stress, sleeplessness, and heightened emotions also play a significant role in holiday health.
As a gastroenterologist, Dr. Cruz has seen how diet and nutrition affect so much more than your weight. Stomach health is also linked to your immune system, sleep patterns, energy levels – the list goes on and on. Also, because many people never lose that extra pound after the holidays, it can add up and lead to other health issues down the line.
Eating comfort food, drinking eggnog, and indulging in sweets are of course part of what makes the holidays festive. Is it even possible or realistic to be healthy this time of year? According to Cruz, you don’t have to compromise all the things you love in order to be healthy and feel good.
“Making a few easy changes to your holiday routine will not only keep that weight off, but it will also help keep you healthy and energized which is so important this time of year…”
…says Cruz who adheres to a balanced approach to health that combines both holistic and traditional methods of care. Cruz is on a mission to educate people and help them adapt to a healthy lifestyle in the most manageable and natural way possible.
“Making a few easy changes to your holiday routine will not only keep that weight off, it will help keep you healthy and energized which is so important this time of year.”
– Dr. Liz Cruz
In An Interview/Article, Dr. Cruz Can Share:
- Holiday health hacks 101
- Eat this (NOT that) holiday edition
- How to have a healthy holiday without feeling deprived
- Kid-friendly, (doctor-approved) healthy holiday treats
- Festive ideas to keep the whole family active and fit
- How parents can use the holidays as a teachable moment about nutrition
- The skinny on holiday nutrition
Dr. Cruz is sharing fun and creative holiday hacks to keep the whole family healthy and fit (without feeling deprived) throughout the festive season.