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Healthy for the Holidays
With all of the parties and get-togethers this time of year, there’s no shortage of opportunities to indulge in your favorite dishes and treats, and bend some of those healthy habits you’ve practiced all year. But there are some simple healthy choices you can make while still enjoying everything this season has to offer. Follow these simple tips to keep on track while celebrating this holiday season:
- Eat well-balanced meals. Keep yourself full and satisfied. Aim for snacks and meals that include healthy fat, protein, and fiber.
- Minimize your liquid calories. Calories in soda, cocktails, and mixers add up quickly, and can take away from the calorie intake you could be getting from nutritious foods that fuel your body in a useful way. Stick to fresh juices (in small amounts), seltzer water, or club soda for carbonation. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water as always!
- Make exercise a priority. The holiday season is a busy time a year, but even 20 minutes of exercise can help reduce stress, boost your mood, promote quality sleep, and increase energy. Set a goal to get moving each day, whether it’s going to the gym or even taking a short walk.
- Get your rest. Sleeping is an essential part of overall health, positively impacting the body both mentally and physically. It can also help you cut down on your cravings for quick energy fixes like sugary coffee and soda.