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Defying Holiday Health Grinches: Your Key to a Merry, Healthy Season!



The twinkling lights, the aroma of freshly baked cookies, and the warmth of family gatherings—the holiday season is truly magical. But amidst the festivities, our health often takes a backseat. Fear not! Dr. Seth Haydel, our trusted internist, shares invaluable insights to ensure you have a joyful and healthy holiday season right here in Houma.

Dr. Seth Haydel, Internal Medicine

Mindful Eating: Savor the Flavors

The holiday table groans under the weight of delectable dishes—turkey, stuffing, pies, and more. Dr. Haydel advises us to approach each meal mindfully. Here’s how:

  • Portion Control: Fill your plate with a rainbow of colors, but keep portions in check. A small slice of pecan pie won’t hurt, but the entire pie? Not so much.

  • Choose Nutrient-Rich Foods: Opt for roasted sweet potatoes, green beans, and lean proteins. These nourish your body without adding extra inches to your waistline.

  • Slow Down: Chew slowly, relishing each bite. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register fullness. Enjoy the conversation while you eat.

Stay Active: Dance Off Those Calories

The holiday season doesn’t mean you’re chained to the couch. Dr. Haydel encourages movement:

  • Festive Dance Parties: Crank up the holiday tunes and dance like nobody’s watching. Whether it’s a solo shimmy or a family dance-off, get those endorphins flowing.

  • Outdoor Strolls: Bundle up and explore the neighborhood. Admire the twinkling lights, and if it snows (a rarity in Houma!), build a snowman.

Hydration Matters: Sip Smartly

Between eggnog, hot cocoa, and mulled wine, don’t forget the simplest elixir—water! Proper hydration:

  • Boosts Energy: When you’re well-hydrated, you’ll have more pep in your step.

  • Supports Digestion: Water keeps things moving smoothly in your digestive system.

  • Keeps Skin Glowing: Who needs a holiday glow-up? You do!

Prioritize Sleep: Tuck Yourself In

Late-night gift wrapping, Hallmark movie marathons, and catching up with loved ones can disrupt your sleep. Dr. Haydel’s prescription:

  • Create a Sleep Sanctuary: Make your bedroom cozy and conducive to rest. Dim the lights, banish screens, and snuggle under a warm blanket.

  • Stick to a Schedule: Even during the holidays, aim for 7-9 hours of sleep. Your body will thank you.

Connect Safely: Virtual Hugs and Air High-Fives

This year, our celebrations come with an asterisk—COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean we can’t connect:

  • Virtual Gatherings: Host a Zoom party with friends and family. Share stories, laughter, and love across screens.

  • Send Snail Mail: Remember handwritten cards? They’re making a comeback. Pen heartfelt notes to those you miss.

From all of us at Life Coast Community Health Center, we wish you a Merry and Healthy Holiday! Let’s defy the health grinches together. If you need guidance or have health concerns, call us at 985-360-3755. Stay well, Houma!



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