Navigating the holidays can be pretty stressful with the constant temptation from seasonal sweets and cocktails. However, staying on a relatively healthy track is possible if you're prepared. To help you survive the sugar and calorie spikes all December long, we spoke to a handful of dietitians about all the things you can eat to ensure that your health goals aren't sabotaged. Read on for some foods and helpful tips they recommend to help you stay on track this season.
In case you haven't heard, probiotics, aka "friendly" bacteria found in food and supplements, are not only key for gut health but for overall health, too. They've become a non-negotiable part of many people's diets — and we're not just talking about the wellness obsessed. If you're loading your plate with sauerkraut and popping a daily probiotic and still feeling bloated and sluggish, however, it might be because you're low in a key piece of the gut puzzle: prebiotics. In the same way that calcium isn't effective without vitamin D, probiotics need prebiotics.
The holidays are near, and you know what that means: grand family reunions, obligatory catch-up sessions with relatives, and of course, all the feasts of delicious foods. The only downside? Overindulging at the dinner table. Sure, it's fine to eat your fill (and then some), but more often than not, we end up overdoing it — which can lead to some seriously uncomfortable bloating.
If you have bad breath, you've probably tried every remedy in the book at this point, from gargling mouthwash to swearing off onions. But, as it turns out, many of the causes of bad breath are not what we'd think. While diet, lifestyle and hygiene do have quite a lot to do with it, they're not the only three reasons an estimated 50 million people in the U.S. have bad breath.
Are you the type of person who struggles to work out solo, mainly to wander around a gym with no direction? Do you like to work out in a group setting where someone tells you what to do, while surrounded by others going through the exact same experience. If this sounds like you, you may benefit from taking a group fitness class. Whether you like to stick to one type of class like yoga or indoor cycling or you like to mix it up with Class Pass, there are endless types of classes and gyms to choose from. I tried out eight of the current most popular fitness classes and break it down so you know exactly what to expect and maybe it will help you start on a new fitness journey that you truly enjoy and want to stick with. Here's how I fared — from the invigorating to the most sweat-inducing.