Ready or not, the holiday season is here! Sometimes it seems like there’s a party or a potluck every week, plus shopping and wrapping and planning. We’ve gathered some tips to help keep the holidays healthy for you and your family:
Keep Moving: Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to maintain your weight and stay healthy. Take a walk with the family after the holiday meal, go sledding with the kids, make date night a romantic moonlit ice skating or cross country skiing outing. Exercise can also be a great stress reliever!
Indulge Mindfully: It’s easy to get carried away with the yummy treats that the holidays bring. Be mindful of what you are eating – spend those calories on Grandma’s traditional raisin cookies instead of a box of candy canes or another chocolate Santa.
Plan Ahead: Freeze some healthy meals ahead of the holiday rush, so you’re less tempted to grab fast food on the way home from shopping.
Practice 80% times 2: 1) Try following “Hara hachi bu”, which means to eat until you are 80% full. The Okianawans who practice this say the mantra before meals, to remind them to stop eating before they are too full. Listen to your body’s cues and stop when you are no longer hungry or start to feel stomach pressure (otherwise known as “before you feel the need to change from jeans to sweatpants”!); 2) Eat healthy 80% of the time and allow yourself to indulge 20% of the time. Denying all treats can often lead to overindulging, so this rule of thumb can help you find a balance.
Focus on family, friends, and fun instead of food: Holidays often center on meals, but the true gift of the season is togetherness. Spend more time in conversations and fun activities than around the table indulging in one more piece of pie.
Find time for you: A healthy you includes mind and spirit as well as body, so don’t let holiday stress get the upper hand. Take time out for that yoga class, go for a hike, read a book, or indulge in that holiday movie with the happy ending.
Party Wisely: To help avoid over indulging at holiday parties, have a small healthy snack before you go. If you need to bring a dish to share, make it a healthy one like veggies and hummus or a fruit tray. There are lots of great ideas online!
Get Some Sleep: A good night’s sleep will help you stay healthy, increase your energy, and improve your mood!
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