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Published on December 18, 2014

Your Easy Holiday Health Plan

While the holidays are supposed to be about spending time with loved ones, often stress, overindulgence and unhealthy habits take over as we feel pressured to make the most of the season. This year, four simple tips will help you enjoy the holiday and start 2015 off on the right foot.

  1. Get Outside: Sunlight stimulates serotonin production, which contributes to your body’s feelings of overall well-being and happiness. A simple 30-minute walk each day can decrease anxiety and help you get a better night’s sleep. The rhythmic repetition of walking is known to trigger feelings of calm in your brain. Brisk walks over the holidays will help keep you both physically and mentally healthy. 

  2. Say No: Instead of trying to do everything yourself, say no every once in a while. Delegate some of your duties by asking your friends and family to help out, or find creative solutions. Instead of hosting a complicated dinner party, invite friends and family to contribute to a casual potluck. By finding more time this season, you can make it a little easier to focus on keeping yourself happy and healthy.  

  3. Find More Time: It may seem impossible, but there are easy ways to make more time over the hectic holidays. You can add more minutes to your day by getting your grocery shopping done early, ordering gifts online and preparing healthy meals to reheat when your evenings get busy. Do a DVD workout at home if you don’t feel like you have the time to go to the gym. You can also kill two birds with one stone by entertaining the kids while getting exercise at the local ice rink or sledding hill.

  4. Eat Often: Keep your energy up by eating light, healthy meals or snacks regularly throughout the day. Skipping meals can cause fatigue, low blood sugar and even negatively impact your weight. Dishes like our Tomato and White Bean Soup are a great way to eat light and get energy from hearty vegetables. Plus, you can prepare a big batch in advance to enjoy all week. You should also avoid going to a holiday party hungry. Eating a light snack beforehand will help curb your appetite and keep you from overindulging.

How do you stay healthy over the holidays? Share your tips below!

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