HEALTHY LIVING  |  12.4.15  |  by Terra Wellington

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Now that we are well into the holiday season, most families are pressed for time. It’s about getting those gifts, attending dance recitals, keeping up with work, and preparing the house for family get-togethers.   The only way to get it all done is to stay well.  And so we’re going to give you some winter wellness tips for healthy holidays.

Read on for easy tips for healthy holidays  

This post is sponsored by Boiron, TomTom, Kitchenaid, and American Milk Companies.

Be Proactive About the Flu

Sometimes there can be a collision with the holidays and the flu season.  It can be a real problem, especially when you want to get so much done and have fun.  Last year’s flu activity was particularly high, mostly because of a mismatch in the flu vaccine that did a poor job in counteracting the flu virus.

So this year, make sure you wash your hands and get enough rest.  But if you do start to get body aches, headache, fever, chills, or fatigue – don’t wait to see what might happen. Be proactive.

We have found success in immediately reaching for a homeopathic medicine called Oscillococcinum – or “Oscillo” for short.  It’s great because it reduces the severity AND duration of flu-like symptoms. Meaning, we’d rather have a short and simple flu than a long one. The medicine is recommended for everyone in the house – from age 2 or a 102. And kids love the sweet-tasting, quick-dissolving pellets.

Oscillo 2Homeopathic medicines are particularly helpful for parents who are looking for a safer medicine for their 2-to-4 year old. Because there are very few over-the-counter medicines for flu right now for that age range.

Keep Up with Exercise and Eating Right

TomTom_Spark_Hero-350pxOne great idea to keep you interested in exercising is the TomTom Spark Cardio PLUS Music GPS Fitness watchIt’s a super cool fitness watch that helps you work out while on the go with its on-board music – you can load up to 500 songs and don’t need a streaming connection.  It’s also a great gift this holiday season.  It tracks your activity, like steps, sleep, gym workouts, and heart rate.  You can also see your stats and use a Bluetooth headphone without annoying dangling wires.  This means you don’t need to bring your cell phone along to to get an energizing boost with your favorite music.

For healthy eating, we love the time-saving aspect of the Kitchenaid Stand Mixer with its five-blade Spiralizer.  It’s virtually hands free — another amazing plus!

We never knew peeling could be such a joy with the Spiralizer.  You quickly peel and spiralize healthy seasonal root vegetables, like sweet potatoes for a casserole (try the yummy “Sweet Potato Baked Ziti with Mushrooms and Spinach“). Or a zucchini for noodles for a healthier alternative to flour-based pasta.  Or you can core and slice seasonal fruits like pears and apples in seconds for those hungry kids – it’s better to have them eat healthy snacks.  And the attachment goes straight in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.  A huge win!  More recipes and ideas on this Pinterest page.


Give Health To Others

We’re also really happy to let you know about the Great American Milk Drive.  It’s a wonderful way for you to give back this season, even if you have a small budget.

This is a charity initiative connecting America’s milk companies and dairy farmers with Feeding America. The program helps provide nutrient-rich milk to kids in need through food banks.

Even a $5 donation at would provide a voucher for a family to get a gallon or half gallon of any white dairy milk – even organic.  (Yay!)  You know, milk is a nutrient powerhouse. It has essential nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and potassium — as well as 8 grams of high-quality protein per serving.  It’s one of the most requested yet least donated item to food banks.  See if you can help out!