The Surprisingly Beneficial Impact of Good Nutrition in Managing your Chronic Pain – Healthy Tips for the Holiday Season
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the holiday season will soon be in full swing. Of course, this time of the year brings with it many celebrations – and many temptations to drift into unhealthy habits. This can be a particularly bad situation for chronic back pain sufferers, but Laser Spine Institute is pleased to offer you some advice for good nutrition throughout the holidays that can help you manage not only your back pain, but also your overall health and well-being.
We spoke to Dr. Jeremy James of Aspen Back and Body, and here’s what he had to say:
“The holiday season is here and with it comes the temptation to drift into bad health habits,” Dr. James says. “Most of us will partake in foods that we normally wouldn’t and that’s okay. Let yourself enjoy this time, but try to do it in moderation.”
Dr. James goes on to provide a few tips that can help you minimize the negative impacts that the holiday season can have on your body:
First of all, do not skip breakfast! This may seem like a smart thing to do if you overindulged the night before, but actually this can slow down your metabolism and make things worse. Make sure to eat a breakfast high in protein.
Stay hydrated. Multiple processes in our bodies, including hydration of the discs in the spine, rely on being thoroughly hydrated.
Eat small, reasonable portions. It is better to eat a little sugar or fat every day than to abstain for a while and subsequently binge. Eating small portions will help you to avoid heartburn or even worse, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Do not lie down directly after eating a big meal as this will also cause these conditions.
Try to balance the unhealthy fats you consume with anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fats. These fats discourage the inflammatory process, unlike the more common Omega-6 fats. Also try to limit your intake of inflammation-inducing salt and sugar.
Keeping these tips in mind as you enjoy holiday meals with family or attend holiday parties with friends can help you maintain your healthy lifestyle designed to ease your back pain. Do you have any other healthy tips for dealing with the holiday season and its tasty temptations? Be sure to join the conversation on our Facebook page and share with other users.