Tips on Having a Healthy Holiday Season

If you are a proud owner of “turkey pants” – complete with an elastic waistband and absent of any real shape – this article might just be for you. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the weeks leading up to New Years is far from an impossible task and we’ve rounded up four tips to help you and your loved ones do just that. 

 

Shift The Focus 

Many holidays, and the Christmas season in particular, are notorious for certain food, be it fatty meats like ham or sugar and carb loaded desserts such as pie. Arguably, the heavy focus on food takes away from more important themes, such as family, friends, and charity. Do your guests a favor this holiday season by making the festivities less about the food and more about activities you can enjoy together, such as sledding, skating, volunteering, or even a Friends inspired ladies verses gents football game. 

 

Indulge … In Moderation 

Perhaps the sneakiest of the holiday calories are found in wine and other alcohol-based cocktails. The less sneaky offenders are those cookies, cakes, pies, and other treats that tend to be plentiful throughout the holiday season. If you’re hosting a holiday soirée, be cognizant of what you’re putting out on your dinner and drink tables, because healthier options do exist.

 

Eat Earlier 

Christmas dinner at 3 p.m. may seem unorthodox, but it’s also the healthier option and a great way to accommodate jet lagged guests. Eating early means more time to digest and more time to exercise before bed. 

 

Stock the Fridge 

As the host or hostess, it’s your responsibility to make sure the troops are fed. However, what you feed them with is entirely up to you! To encourage healthy eating habits, we recommend stocking the fridge with vitamin and protein-packed snacks which will keep your guests full for longer. As a rule or thumb, steer clear of empty calorie foods, such as processed snacks.  

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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance website content writer based in Toronto.

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