Maintaining your foundation of healthy habits is especially important over the next few weeks. Follow these easy tips to ensure a healthy and stress-free holiday season!
Plan Some “Me” Time
Maintaining your foundation of healthy habits is especially important over the next few weeks. Make physical activity part of your daily calendar. Free yourself from technology for at least one hour each day. Get enough sleep. Learn when to say no, if necessary - don’t overextend your holiday commitments.
Organize Your Holiday
Create a master calendar of events and activities that you want to do this holiday season. Reschedule commitments and appointments that can wait until after the holidays. Share household responsibilities with your family. Make a holiday to-do list. Get your Christmas cards addresses early. Plan some time to just relax; the holidays are hectic enough!
Create a financial budget for gifts…then stick to it. Look for creative gift ideas that your friends and family will appreciate that don’t cost you anything, like an exchange-a-favor gift. For example, trade off babysitting duties with other families or offer your skills (like cooking, cleaning, construction work, trade labor, etc.) to a friend or family member. Give a gift that supports good health in the year ahead; like a healthy cookbook, walking music CD, heart rate monitor, fitness ball or resistance bands set.
Limit your caffeine, sugar, fat and alcohol, while indulging in lean protein, fruits, veggies and whole grains. Have a filling snack before big meals to prevent overeating, such as fruit, string cheese, yogurt or a small handful of nuts. Move socializing away from the buffet or appetizer table to prevent mindless eating.
Need Some Inspiration?
Check out these healthy holiday recipes from Eating Well.