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What is a holiday hangover?

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
It seems to happen every year -- a holiday hangover. Not just any old hangover (the result of too much or a bad mix of booze), what I'm talking about is the holiday hangover -- that which results from the accumulation of holiday indulgences or abruptions in routine. The holiday hangover occurs when we wake up with weight gain, fatigue, so-called "winter blues", headaches, digestive upset, perhaps even the flu. What a way to ring in the New Year!

The culprits aren't individually that challenging to the body; however, add up all their combined efforts and they mount a super challenging assault on your body's health and well-being. Extra booze, extra food, lack of sleep, extra sweets, and lack of exercise leave every system in the body wondering which way is up (and that's pretty important if you think about it!).

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