Enjoy a Healthy Holiday Season

Ok, one of the first things that come to mind at Christmas time are the cookies and treats. Having a healthy holiday does not mean that you have to say no to every goodie that comes your way. You just need to choose wisely. 

And by choosing wisely, I mean try to keep yourself from having one of each type of cookie plus trying each yummy Christmas cocktail. Think about which treats will truly make you happy and try to include some healthy choices as well to balance them out. And remember, the further you walk on that sugary path, the harder it is to get back afterwards.

For many of us, Christmas is a reason to have get-togethers with family and friends and enjoy tasty foods and drinks. It can be quite stressful for those trying to lose weight or with specific fitness goals. Let’s try to focus more on the time spent with loved ones than the food and drinks.

There are a few things you can do to ensure that you enjoy a healthy holiday without packing on the pounds.

First off, stay active! You can take a break from your workouts if there’s no time but that doesn’t mean you need to become a couch potato. Make time for family activities like tobogganing, skating or walks around your neighbourhood to admire the Christmas lights. Fresh air and exercise will be good for everyone.

Drink up! Your water that is. Keep hydrated and try to limit your intake of alcoholic beverages. Some of those fancy cocktails have as many calories as a small meal, but none of the nutrients that your body needs.

Get lots of sleep! There may be some late nights but take advantage of the holidays to get some extra rest. It will help you ward off illness and feel refreshed and happier.

Make sure that you have your fridge stocked with healthy options. That way when you are not out visiting with others, you will have healthy meals to chose from at home. Our go-to meal at my house when we don’t feel like cooking is always breakfast for dinner. For us, that usually means eggs and some kind of sweet potato or vegetable. Perfect and ready in 15 min.

And lastly, chose your treats wisely. Meaning that you should chose which special foods you really want. My family takes a day to make sugar cookies every year, which we’ve done since I was a little girl. So of course I need to try at least a couple of those over the holidays and maybe a few of my favourite chocolates that we only have at Christmas. You don’t need to completely deprive yourself, just don’t eat the whole box in one sitting!

Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season!

 

 

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