Surviving Holiday Cheer

We’ve reached the halfway point of the holiday season of 2011 and if your December has been anything like mine, New Year’s (with all of it’s resolutions) can’t come soon enough.  I’ve got nothing against reindeers, eggnog, and cheer, but this time of year always brings out the glutton in me and this year is no exception.  So today, in place of the chocolate post we’d planned, I’ve created a list of simple ways to stay healthy in the holidays.  Come and celebrate with us!

  1. Take a ten or twenty-minute walk outside daily.  You can spare ten or twenty minutes, and your body (and mind) will thank you.
  2. Eat a salad if you can, whenever you can.  It’s hard to say no to delicious treats during the holidays, but these treats often fill us up, taking the place of healthy calories.  So, keep the treats in, but commit to your salad daily.
  3. Eat a healthy breakfast of fruits and yogurt, or oatmeal – even if last night’s dinner (and drinks and eggnog) seems like a not-so-distant memory.
  4. Have a fresh piece of fruit with every meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner).  If the salad is just too tough to manage, your daily fruits will help keep your diet vitamin rich.
  5. Drink lots and lots of water.  The alcohol we tend to drink in this season mixed with the changing weather means it’s easy to get dehydrated.  Commit to doubling your water intake as a way of being good to your body.
  6. If you find yourself at home for dinner, cook lots of vegetables to compensate for all of those celebratory meals out.
  7. Try everything, but keep your portions small (and leave the seconds for 2012).
  8. If you have a juice bar in your town, grab a fresh vegetable juice on the go.  Fresh juices are a great way to get good stuff into your body, quickly.
  9. Avoid processed food.  That rule never changes, no matter the season.
  10. Enjoy.  This is a time of family, friends and fun so it’s no use feeling guilty!

Jessica

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