Interview: Survive & Thrive This Holiday Season with Fitness Magazine’s Executive Editor Pam O’Brien

According to vintage Christmas carols, the holidays are “the most wonderful time of the year” filled with parties, shopping, family, and festive decorations galore. But for many it can be a very stressful time filled with endless unrealistic expectations,  and can run you down. With stress comes a lowered immune system; nobody wants to get sick, especially during the holidays. Fitness magazine’s Executive Editor Pam O’Brien joined me this week to discuss simple tips on how we can stay healthy this holiday season.



Candace Rose: The holiday season can be a fun but stressful time. How can we get through it with ease and where do we start?

Pam O’Brien: “It’s really important to stay healthy at the holidays because it’s so busy and you have so much to do.

Here are a few simple tips to help with that:

  • First of all, wash your hands frequently. This will help prevent you from picking up any nasty germs, like the germs that can cause colds, so make sure you wash your hands a lot.

  • Also, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially green vegetables like broccoli, kale, spinach, and brussels sprouts. They contain vitamins and minerals that help boost your immune system and keep it strong.

  • And exercise. Take 30 minutes a day to work out. This is really important because every time you exercise your body steps up its production of germ fighting cells.

You know, sometimes you do all those things, you try your best to stay healthy, but unfortunately you do get sick. If you feel a cold coming on, take Cold-EEZE. It’s clinically proven to shorten the duration of a cold by nearly half. Cold-EEZE releases zinc ions which are absorbed by your upper respiratory system and block the cold virus from replicating.”

Candace Rose: What are some other ways we can look and feel our best during this hectic time?

Pam O’Brien: “Well, one easy thing you can do is smile. Smiling, actually research shows helps reduce stress and makes you feel happier. It makes you more confident, makes you look younger. So of course you want a really bright smile with white teeth and Rembrandt’s new intense stain dissolving strips can help with that. They whiten on the go so there is no brushing or rinsing required. They dissolve in just five to 10 minutes, and they whiten the stains caused by coffee, tea and red wine.

Along with that white, bright smile you want to make sure that your lips are smooth and healthy. Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect SPF 30 can help. It relieves the dryness, it soothes chapped lips and it also protects your lips from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, so you’ll have a gorgeous healthy smile.”

Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?

Pam O’Brien: “Just a few other things to help reduce the stress:

  • So first of all (and super important), plan ahead. Make sure you map out as much in advance as you possibly can. Plan out your menus, make lists- just keep yourself as organized as possible.

  • And also, learn to say no. You get invited to so many parties this time of year, it’s almost impossible to go to all of them. It’s okay to say no sometimes.

  • And finally, take out a few minutes for yourself. If you just spend 15 minutes by yourself, you can restore your inner calm and you also clear your mind. So go for a walk, do some yoga, listen to some music and you’ll feel re-energized, refreshed and renewed.”

Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?

Pam O’Brien: “You can get the latest copy of Fitness magazine which is on newsstands now, and you can also check out our website which is at”



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