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Christmas is the season of overdoing it. We plunge ourselves into Christmas foods, drinks, music, activities and events during the month of December.

With all of the indulgences during the season, it’s easy to feel guilty for so many reasons. Instead of falling into the trap, here are some easy ways to feel guilt-free this Christmas!

Brush Your Teeth

“It might sound pretty basic, but brushing your teeth is a great way to keep from feeling guilty,” said Dr. Richie Barrett, dentist in Beaverton. “It’s a simple way to feel in control during this chaotic time of year.”

With all of the sugary treats and alcohol at Christmas parties, brushing your teeth is more important now than during any other time of the year. Bacteria feed off the sugar that sticks around from these Christmas sweets and drinks, which produces the acid that leads to cavities and decay. Stop this process in its tracks by drinking plenty of water and brushing your teeth after each meal.

Drink A Lot of Water

Drinking water isn’t just good for cleansing teeth and rinsing out your mouth. Water is the most basic form of hydration, which our bodies crave throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water helps keep our brains alert and our bodies working like they should. Often when we feel hungry, it’s actually a signal from the body that we need to hydrate.

Avoid Drinking Your Calories

When hydrated with plenty of water, it can be much easier to avoid drinking calories during this time of year. Favorite Christmas beverages include eggnog, alcoholic beverages like wine and mixed drinks, and hot buttered rum. These are filled with a ton of sugar and calories, which can only add to your guilty feelings during this time of year. Save calories for Christmas treats instead.

Overeat Only Once

Once Thanksgiving has hit, it’s easy to get into the mindset that it’s okay to overeat all of the time. This habit, however, can only lead to increased guilty feelings.

Instead of falling into the habit of eating a bunch of Christmas treats and sweets and then feeling guilty, save up the overeating for one day. Perhaps Christmas day is the one you will choose to avoid paying attention to every single thing you put in your mouth. Choosing one day can help you avoid feeling guilty throughout the Christmas season and help you really enjoy the holidays.

Move Every Day

This kind of movement doesn’t refer to moving from your bed to the couch. During the season of overindulging in food and drink, it’s easy to start feeling like a slug and then feeling guilty for not exercising. Make a plan to move a little each day, even if it’s walking around the neighborhood. This can keep those guilty feelings at bay and help you feel better during this dreary and hectic time of year.


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