Regular exercise and watching what you eat. Two things that are especially important around the holiday season. Pharmacist and author Sherry Torkos says the number of cardiac deaths is higher on Christmas Day than any other day of the year. Torkos says too many people put their health on the back burner around Christmas. She says people should fill their plates with a majority of healthy foods. She adds, "And that could mean lean protein such as turkey or chicken or fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts or seeds and then a quarter of your plate can be the indulgence side; the sauces, the spreads, the gravies, the refined starchy carbs such as breads, buns, things like that." Torkos says people tend to overindulge in sugary foods, alcohol and salt. She says exercise and healthy sleep patterns can help avoid holiday cravings.