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Four Tips to Caring for Yourself at the Holidays

 

Enjoy and acknowledge our traditions, culture, and special foods and feasts that come but once a year. Here four tips to make caring for yourself, your loved ones, and celebrating the tastes of the season part of your holiday to-do list:

1. Make a list. Check it twice. Write down all your favorite seasonal treats. Think about your favorite holiday food memories, and then intentionally plan to enjoy them. Think of which foods you can swap out to make room for the holiday must-haves and what size of portion will really satisfy you without ruining the moment by worrying about how much you ate.

2. Keep moving. Travel and busy holiday party schedules can make it seem like there’s no time for exercise. But…exercise helps with stress, managing extra calories, and overall feelings of holiday cheer, so don’t miss the benefits by skipping it. Altering your routine versus deleting it will help you stay the health and wellness course during the holidays. Walk at the airport before your flight, or outside after a meal to look at holiday lights. Do push-ups when you get out of bed. Little moments like this can easily fit into your busiest holiday schedule.

3. Pick your position. Before you park yourself next to the buffet and mindlessly nosh while you socialize, take a moment to see if there is somewhere else to “land”.  Location is part of the plan. Make it easy to enjoy the people and treats you really want to make sure you spend time with.

4. Eat party foods at the party. One of the easiest ways to keep track of your intake without ruining the moment is to consider the frequency and portion of your choices. I like to think of foods and beverages as every day, sometimes, and party foods. Consider these categories as you stroll through the holiday feasts and I think you’ll find it a fun and easy way to manage, too!

Happy, Healthy Holidays!