A Guide to Eating Well During the Holiday Season

How to balance smart eating and wellness with delicious holiday indulgence.



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Staying healthy during the holidays is something that you can achieve. In fact, you can plan to prioritize your wellness even as the end of year creeps up and there are so many things to take care of from gift buying to food prepping. As you know, health is about so much more than food. So keep these five things in mind for health, smart eating and holiday indulgence. Because enjoying the holiday season is important too!

Let go of the all or nothing mindset
When it comes to health, some tend to have an “all or nothing” approach. Extremes are never good, says USA Today, and that is also true when it comes to holiday eating and wellness. All or nothing is a sure way to set you up for failure. Instead, aim for balance. 

The 80-20 rule is a useful principle in so many instances, including when it comes to your health. Your body needs healthy food and regular exercise in order to function at its best. By consistently providing it with nourishing food and regular exercise 80% of the time, you create flexibility and wiggle room to enjoy special treats 20% of the time. There is no need to feel guilty at all!

It’s time to move it, move it!!
No time for exercise during the holidays? No problem! Dancing is a great way to get your heart rate up and get some cardio in during these busy times. If your family is into it, you can suggest adding some dancing to your holiday get togethers. A bonus is, it creates some great memories! 

Harvard Medical School recommends another way to incorporate exercise - walking. You can ditch the car, when possible, and choose to walk places instead. Walking is a versatile form of exercise, as you don't need equipment or memberships to do it. And it’s free! Walking is a great way to incorporate movement into the holiday season, and will give you lots of health benefits as well.

Have you ever noticed that people usually use the word “indulge” for junk food? But who said it can’t be used for foods that make you feel great, give you energy, taste delicious and fill your body with lots of nutrients? Do your research, says the Brain MD blog, and prepare some healthy, delicious and nutritious holiday delicacies, and never feel deprived, not for a second! You can even bring these homemade treats with you when you go to your friends’ houses or parties. This way, you are giving your friends and family the gift of healthier choices too. And isn’t sharing love exactly what the holidays are about?

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