Winter is definitely upon us here in Northern California! Last year we had one of the driest warmest winters on record, so the wind and rain are definitely a welcomed relief. With that being said, it’s time for Californians and our friends across the country to start preparing for winter and staying healthy. Lifestyle expert, Raina Seitel joined me for an interview yesterday to dish on how we can look and feel our best this winter and the holiday season and of course stay healthy and well!
Candace Rose: What are some struggles we face this time of year?
Raina Seitel: “This time of year (the holiday season) can be exciting of course, but also stressful. We’re often burning the candle at both ends shopping late night for those last minute holiday gifts, going to holiday parties, so we really want to keep focus on our health and well-being so that we can enjoy the holiday season healthy and successfully.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any suggestions on how we can feel our best?
Raina Seitel: “Today we’re talking about a couple things to help keep us on track and the first thing is diet. It’s so important to resist the urge to get that second piece of chocolate cake at a holiday party or dip your hand in a cookie jar one, two, three or four times at the office, so keep healthy snacks as they’re ready. I’m loving fruit as an option, wonderful Halos Mandarins are so sweet and delicious, they’re really in season. They only have 50 calories, easy to peel and great for my son’s little hands and mine. I pack one in his lunchbox every single day. They’re seedless, great on the go so if you’re going to grandma’s house on a road trip, you certainly want those. They’re also a really good source of vitamin C which of course is so important during the winter months.
The second thing that we’re talking about today is sleep and immunity because we know that we’re really on overdrive this time of year and our immunity might go low. If you feel sick, if you feel a flu-like symptom like headaches, fevers, chills, you have to do something about it immediately and Oscillococcinum is that thing. Clinical studies prove that if you take Oscillococcinum on the onset of symptoms, you reduce the severity and duration of the flu, so you certainly want this in your medicine cabinet. It dissolves under the tongue and great for ages two and up.
The third thing we’re talking about today is skin. Dry itchy skin is so common as we know in winter months, it’s called winter itch and we want to combat that. So many of us choose a hydrocortisone cream which is a steroid base and can leave your skin discolored or thin. I have a much better alternative, it’s called TriCalm. It’s five times more effective than hydrocortisone 1% and it’s a steroid-free hydrogel. You put it on your skin and the itch goes away immediately and leaves your skin looking glowy and dewy like you want it to. It’s also great all year round for those who suffer from chronic skin conditions like eczema and the like, so you want these guys as they’re ready in your house.”
Candace Rose: Is there anything else we can do to look and feel great this season?
Raina Seitel: “I often feel like stress goes hand in hand with looking good and feeling good, so to reduce stress you want to have a few gifts in that closet tucked away so when you’re going to a holiday party and you say ‘Oh no, I forgot to get a gift’, you have something in that closet that you can pull out that’s wrapped and ready to go and that relieves the stress of showing up empty handed.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Raina Seitel: “I really believe that if you start exercising before January 1st that can really help motivate you to the new year so you’re not making a resolution and then breaking that resolution on January 2nd, lets say.
Drink lots of water. Stay hydrated this season because so many of us are drinking champagne, wine, alcohol. For every glass of wine or champagne, you want to drink a glass of water.
Stay hydrated, get on track, set some goals and I think you’ll be good to go.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Raina Seitel: “You can go to my website which is RainaSeitel.com.”