The holidays are a wonderful time, full of family get-together’s and office parties. The holidays can also be very stressful for employees, particularly for those that are on a diet or have cardiac or diabetic complications. In order to prevent employee sick days this holiday season and in the new year, our Continuwell nurses have provided a few tips that will help your staff stay safe, healthy, and happy. Share these tips with your employees. Our nurses are also available to answer any health questions for companies that use the Continuwell service.
Substitutes. To add flavor to dishes, try replacing salt and butter with herbs and spices, like rosemary and cloves. To replace sugar and butter for deserts, extracts like vanilla, almond and peppermint can be used. When baking, applesauce can be used as a butter alternative. Use low-fat or skim milk for any recipe that requires milk. It is always healthier to bake, grill, or steam dishes instead of frying them.
Desert. Everyone has their holiday favorite. Just think of all the different versions of pie this time of year. An easy way to cut a few calories is to pass on the big dollop of whipped cream or scoop of ice cream. This will cut the desert fat/calories in half! Or pass on desert all together.
Drinks. Hot Chocolate is a treat any time of year, but especially during the winter months. Look for brands that have less added sugar. Also, skipping the marsh mellows or whipped cream saves calories and fat. By making your own cider, you can control the sugar and calories in this seasonal treat. Try child friendly eggnog, it has all the taste without the alcohol and significantly fewer calories.
Exercise. Add some exercise into the time spent away from the office to burn some of those extra calories. Go for a family walk in between courses or after the meal. Or get away from the family with some quality gym time.
Tips for Diabetics
The American Diabetes Association suggests that if diabetics choose to have a drink, limit it to two for men and one for ladies. They advise to never have a drink without balancing it out with food, to prevent blood sugar from dropping. A small desert or a piece of pumpkin pie is acceptable, if it is planned for and carbs are reduced or alcohol avoided. Remember to stay balanced and call a health provider such as Continuwell nurse if any symptoms arise.
During the holidays, Continuwell nurses see a drastic increase in flu and cold cases. Sick employees lead to a loss in office productivity. The CDC has some suggestions to help keep us all healthy this holiday season:
- Wash hands multiple times daily. Hands must be washed in water continuously for 20 seconds. A great tip is to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” for 20 seconds while scrubbing to ensure a job well done.
- Use a tissue or elbow for a cough or sneeze. Not using your hands when you sneeze will help prevent passing germs on.
- Manage stress, try to stay balanced both in your diet and checkbook. There is nothing that lowers the immune system like stress.
- Travel safely making sure your car is winterized, buckle up and don’t drink or text and drive. Dress warm and keep water, food and emergency supplies in your car.
The holidays are a much needed time for everyone in the office to have a little break to be with family and friends. Good health and diet habits will allow your employees to come back refreshed and ready to take on the new year. Having a health partner such as Continuwell nurses and doctors is also a great way to ensure less sick days off from your employees.