I recently saw a Dr. Oz video yesterday while surfing the internet.
Yes, the same Dr. Oz that’s on Oprah all the time.
At least that’s what I’m told. I don’t watch Oprah myself. Honest.
(Why do guys get defensive about watching Oprah? Anyway…)
He mentioned something that blew me away.
He gave the two biggest days of the year for heart attacks. And it’s not even close.
Apparently, heart attacks go up 12 times higher on December 26th and January 1st.
Now, I didn’t say that to put a scare into you. My goal isn’t to make you anxious and nervous on those days.
C’mon. You know me better than that.
I’m telling you this so you can be on your toes TODAY and prevent that from happening on December 26th, January 1st … or well, ANY day for that matter.
I mean think about it. There’s really nothing on those two days that is CAUSING the heart attack.
It’s all the days… actually, what takes place in the days leading up to those two days that’s the problem.
Outside of say, smoking or hard core drugs … do you know what the two worst things are for your heart?
Go ahead. Take a guess.
It’s the “Two S’s” … stress and sugar. (Sugar affects the heart indirectly with the damage it does to your arteries. But it’s still a major impact.)
Now, think about it…
Do you feel more stressed during the holidays? Most people do.
Do you eat more sugar at Christmas and Holiday parties?
A higher rate of heart attacks around the holidays starts to make sense, doesn’t it?
So here’s my proposal…
How ’bout if we all – myself included – take steps TODAY to make sure our hearts stay nice-n-healthy during and after this Holiday season.
Tip # 1: Don’t let the hussle and bussle, big crowds, and frenzy of the season get the best of you. If driving in traffic jams and dealing with long lines at the mall “gets you going”, then shop on your computer. Chances are you’ll find better deals online anyway.
Tip #2: If you find yourself starting to feel stressed over something this holiday season, ask yourself this question…
“How important will this be in 20 years?”
I find that’s a good way to put things in proper perspective.
Tip #3: Eat BEFORE you attend Christmas and Holiday parties. Do NOT go on an empty stomach.
And NO, you’re not responsible for being a food critic of every person who asks you to try their dessert or holiday cookie.
Tip #4: Do not … REPEAT … DO NOT keep pigging out during the holiday season with the mindset of…
“Oh, I’ve already messed up so I’ll just “enjoy” the holiday food and do what I want now, and tackle my diet BIG-TIME on January 1st.”
That’s a big mistake.
When you invest money, do you ever try to LOSE money because at the start of next year, you’re going to gain it all back anyway?
That’s crazy talk, right?
Well, isn’t your health more important than your bank account?
I’m gonna share a secret with you. The best day to begin a new program is NEVER January 1st. (Unless it happens to BE January 1st.)
The best day to start taking better care of yourself is always … TODAY!
Okay, I just jumped down off my soapbox.
Do you have a special way to handle stress during the holidays? Any good tips for being able to say “NO” to a plateful of sugary sweets that are passed in front of you?
Please post them below so we can all do better this Christmas and Holiday Season…