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Stay Healthy Through the Holidays

The holidays are a special time of year. There are gatherings and parties with family, friends and coworkers to celebrate the most beloved time of the year. However, amongst all the eating, shopping and partying , we often forget to take some personal time for ourselves. Did you know that the average American gains an extra 3-7 lbs between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. For just a short 40 days, that can be quite a lot of weight. If you are looking for a healthier and stress-free holiday season, here are some tips and tricks to keep the season as joyful and merry as it should be.

  • Plan time for exercise. Try to stay moving as much as possible. If you can, exercise for 30 minutes at least 4 days a week or try to work in more movements throughout your day. Something as simple as a 10 minute walk after lunch or a quick stretch in between meetings, can work wonder for your body.

  • Don’t skip meals! But most importantly, stop eating when you feel satisfied and not when you are ‘stuffed’. This is only hurting you.

  • Bring a healthy side option such as a salad, vegetable or fruit tray to your potluck parties, to ensure there is at least one healthy choice.

  • Start your days off with a well-balanced breakfast. Something such as avocado toast with a side of fruits or cereal will do the trick.

  • Try to manage your stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed and out of control. Some of the best ways to manage stress this time of year are to find support, connect socially with friends and family and get plenty of sleep.

  • Plan Non-Food activities. Most of the holiday season is centered around food and the meals we eat together. To keep your body in motion, try planning activities during the break such as a small family road trip, playing board games or going somewhere fun together. This is a great way to be sure you are not overindulging

Even though this is the season of giving, your stress and sanity are what matter most. A healthy mind and body can help ease the stress of the season and leave you feeling happy and jolly, as you should. Use these tips to take time for yourself this holiday season.