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Tips to Avoid Holiday Pitfalls

Our podiatrists focus on our patient’s feet and ankles, but we’re happy when you’re in good health overall. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving’s fast approaching and it can jumpstart you into several weeks of unhealthy holiday behaviors. With just a bit of mindfulness, however, you can stop them from becoming long-term habits.

Here are some typical pitfalls and what you can do to avoid them:

  • Skipping your daily exercise. If you’re tempted to sleep late and miss your workout, call a friend the night before and make a plan to go jogging. Better yet, get the whole holiday crowd outside and do something active.
  • Not eating breakfast. You may think it’s a good strategy for saving calories, but skipping breakfast will leave you famished later on, and you’re more apt to overeat.
  • Letting your eyes rule your stomach. Before you grab everything that smells delicious, take a good look at what’s served. Choose mindfully. For example, you might skip the rolls in favor of something you don’t eat as often, such as stuffing.
  • Drinking too much. Sip slowly and savor the flavor.
  • Being afraid to offend someone. You don’t have to eat Uncle Alex’s au gratin potatoes; he’ll get over it if you skip them or take only a tiny taste.
  • Throwing caution to the wind. If you do go overboard, remember, it’s just one day. You don’t have to fall into the “Aw, the heck with it” trap and eat/laze your way through New Year’s. Just get back on track the next day.

Overeating, underexercising, and drinking too much are all behaviors that can lead to foot problems like gout, plantar fasciitis, and flat feet. Our experienced podiatric surgeons, Dr. Craig B. Frey, Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, and Dr. Jim Swienconek, encourage you to eat well, exercise, and stay healthy. But we’re here for you when your feet or ankles need medical attention. Call Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland in Solon, Ohio at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We offer a modern office with the latest technology for podiatric patients in Portage, Geauga, Cuyahoga, and Summit Counties, proudly serving our patients from Solon, Aurora, Bedford, Chagrin Falls, Hudson, Macedonia, and Twinsburg.