Dear Patients and Friends,
The Holidays are upon us but I know a lot of patients complain about the gift giving, the long lines, and the stress of preparing everything, spending money, credit debt, etc. But you know what? It’s all about family, friends; the ones we love and care about. If you don’t have the money, don’t stress out. Make something, write something, or just be with your loved ones.
There are so many people that think GIVING THINGS is the most important part, and hey, if you want to share, that’s okay, but if you’re stressed out with giving, then please, rethink what you’re doing and make it meaningful.
I want you to know something. It’s still a great time of the year because you can be with people and friends that can make this Christmas your best Christmas ever. Think of it as something you’ll remember the rest of your life. Enjoy the day. Be with your family, and create memories.
It’s also the end of the year. I want you to reflect on this past year and start thinking about what was good and what wasn’t so good. What could you have done better? What can you do to improve the coming year? I’m not big on resolutions for the New Year. I am big on writing out what you would like to accomplish in the next year, goals and action steps. I know you are thinking that should be for next month’s newsletter but now is the time to start that process. Be ready, start January 1 hitting the ground running.
Interesting Christmas Facts
Christmas is perhaps the most anticipated event of the year. It is a time of good natured gift exchange, feasting and celebration. Nothing beats the fun and good times that can be experienced during the Yuletide season when you’re with your friends and family. Yet Christmas is not without its strange associations, a few of these have been listed below, some may even elicit a chuckle or two. Take the time to read these and understand that it’s a special time of this year…2017.
- Sending Christmas cards is still the in-thing to do around Christmas time. I do it, and I’m sure you probably do it as well. Americans on average send out 28 Christmas cards to friends and family yearly, and guess what? It’s certainly not in vain either. Most will receive 28 cards for the same amount of time.
- Christmas is a great time to exercise or at least start exercising. Here’s something to think about. You will walk an average of five miles between the parking lot and stores when you’re shopping, however, don’t let this give you a false sense of security, as most people still gain those pesky Christmas 1- 2 pounds despite this five miles.
- Leftovers can sometimes be your enemy. Spoiled leftovers are responsible for 400,000 cases of post Christmas associated illnesses. Be careful what you’re eating, and always smell it.
- Mince pie was said to be unlucky if cut with that pie with a knife. Additionally it was considered to encourage bad luck when eaten outside of the period between Christmas Eve and the Twelfth Night. The great thing about Mince pie to me however is that it somehow had the magical power to give you “good luck” if you ate one piece… every day… for the twelve days of Christmas. .
- Christmas Carols are great, right? Wrong, well at least according to some folks down in Pensacola, Florida who were outraged at the loud singing that accompanied the rendition of a few old favorites at a Mall during the Christmas season. Maybe it wasn’t so much the carols as the horrible singing that may have sullied the performance.
- “Pets are people too”, this may be what pet owners are thinking during the Christmas season. It has been estimated that at least 56 percent of Americans sing to their pets. It may just be more fulfilling considering that pets cannot possibly complain.
- The people at Reynolds et al make a substantial amount of money selling foil during the Yuletide season. It has been confirmed that at least 3000 tons of foil are used to wrap turkeys annually. The foil is light weight, but that is a ton of turkeys.
Chanukah or Ḥanukah) is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication.
The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched menorah (also called a Chanukiah/Hanukiah), one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.
Hannukah Jokes and Proverbs
My mother once gave me two sweaters for Hanukkah. The next time we visited, I made sure to wear one. As we entered her home, instead of the expected smile, she said, “What’s the matter? You didn’t like the other one?”
“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” – Jewish Proverb
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
– Hanukkah Quotes by Buddha
Will You Gain Weight During the Coming Holidays?
To me that’s a big question you might want to ponder. Why? Because it happens to a number of people during the upcoming holidays.
Now here’s something you might want to hear. Reports of your holiday weight gain have been greatly exaggerated by a number of news outlets. Media stories often suggest that the average person gains 7 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And in surveys, people “say” they gain, on average, about five pounds during this time of year.
But several studies now show that the average weight gain during the winter holidays is just one to two pounds. Whew, I’m glad you read that. The news isn’t all good though and here’s why. Most people don’t ever lose the pound of weight they put on during the holidays, according to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine. That’s the problem. Just because you gain it, doesn’t mean you have to KEEP IT ON.
As you probably know the average weight gain during adulthood is about one to two pounds PER year, so that means much of midlife weight gain can be explained by your holiday eating. If you’re say 45 years old, and you’ve been adding a pound or 2 per year since you were twenty five years old, that would be a twenty pound weight gain since you started adding that extra
ONE pound. Take your age and when you started enjoying the holidays this way. I think you’ll see the correlation.
For people who are already overweight, the holiday weight news is worse. Although the average gain is only one pound, people who are already overweight tend to gain a lot more. Not what you wanted to hear right? Well stay with me. One study found that overweight people gained five pounds or more during the holidays. Yeow! That one hurts.
And there’s more. We as humans start packing on that extra pound of holiday weight early in life. Researchers at the University of Oklahoma studied holiday weight gain among college students during the Thanksgiving break. The students were weighed the day before Thanksgiving, then weighed again, about two weeks later.
The average weight gain for the 94 students was about one pound. Students who were of normal weight gained about a half a pound during the period. Students who were overweight, meaning their body mass index was 25 or more, gained about two pounds.
The lead researcher on the Oklahoma study, says Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a “high risk” time for the overweight. “I think the number of people who only overeat at the Thanksgiving meal is slim to none.”
“The holiday season doesn’t represent one day of overeating. You have this period that extends through the New Year… where there’s MORE alcohol, MORE snacks, MORE finger foods and appetizers that are energy dense.” If you want to get started on getting rid of that ONE or TWO pounds… and MORE, then talk to us about your weight loss program where we help you manage your weight the right way.
The Holidays are upon us and you want to look your best!
Being overweight or obese is not just an image problem, it is a health problem. The holidays just make the problem worse, since you never seem to lose that extra pound or two. Weight gain has been linked to cancer, diabetes, diseases of the gall bladder, kidney, liver, primary cause of arthritis in the lumbar spine, hips and knees, as well as many other diseases. It can shorten your life expectancy by Years!
Pre packaged processed meals and “diets” with fake brownies and diet soda won’t give you lasting weight loss.
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Avoiding the Cost of Holiday Cheer
It’s that time of year when some of us are foolish enough to overindulge in holiday spirit. Here are some tips to help:
- Remember, for every ounce of alcohol consumed, you need an hour to burn it off. So, two drinks, you need two hours to sober up. Women absorb one third more alcohol than men in the same period of time and its takes longer to burn off (stay intoxicated longer). “Party alert” Ladies!
It’s the next morning and you have a nasty hangover. Cut a quarter of a fresh lemon and rub the juice side under each arm pit. It should ease the hangover. No, I’m not kidding. This is endorsed by many physicians as an “old time remedy”.
End of the year reminder:
Are there changes to your personal information (address, phone numbers)? Have you changed insurance? Please let us know of any changes to your health coverage. This may include deductibles, plan changes or co-pay amounts. Don’t forget about using up your health flex accounts. We take health flex account cards. What a healthy way to use this account!
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