10 ways to stay healthy over the holidays

How do you plan to stay healthy over the holidays? Or DO you? Maybe you just plan to have fun and ignore health altogether, putting it off until after the holidays – hey, I’m not judging! If so, then I guess you don’t need to read this post. :) Actually, I do have some ways of staying healthy that are not just about eating well and exercising: read on!

When I go to family gatherings and parties I don’t always eat the way I do at home, and I also don’t go for daily walks or go to the gym. I generally pay the price for it by just feeling a little off. I don’t worry about weight gain that much, but I don’t like feeling sluggish and yucky. This year, I am not flying anywhere to see my family or my in-laws, so we will be in our own home for Christmas and we won’t have a lot of gatherings to go to. We’ll be able to stay more in a routine than we would if we were travelling. But still, it’s Christmas: we will have visitors and we will be out of our school and work routines. So here are a few ways I intend to keep healthy over the holidays:

1. Go for a walk or go to the gym every day. When there are visitors, I’ll invite them to go walking in the neighbourhood or in the park. Or else we can go do something active outside, at least for 20-30 minutes – it’s better than nothing!

2. Have a regular breakfast every day.

3. Take the kids out for walks or to play in the snow, if there is any. There is no snow at the moment, but that could change any time!

4. Freeze any baking unless I need it right away for visitors or to take to a party – the more obstacles I put in my own way, the less likely I will be to dive in and eat them all.

5. Plan my meals each week, as usual.

6. Be the geek that brings a fruit tray or a veggie platter to a social gathering, instead of cookies.

7. Get enough sleep: if I have late nights or early mornings, I hope to make up for it by getting to bed earlier the next night. (I would take naps, but I am not good at that!)

8. Manage my stress by focusing on the fun and enjoyment, and not the worries of the season. Who cares if my house is a little messy?! No-one is judging me for it, and if they are, that’s their problem! (And I mean that in a nice way).

9. Try to enjoy the season the way the kids do – they are sooooo excited and I remember that uncomplicated feeling. I’m going to take a lesson from them and just enjoy it.

10. Be thankful for everything that I have.

However you plan to spend the holidays, and whichever holidays you celebrate, I hope they are happy and healthy!

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About Rebecca Horsman, MS, RD

Rebecca Horsman is a Registered Dietitian based in Waterloo, Ontario. She has two young children.
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One Response to 10 ways to stay healthy over the holidays

  1. Aidan says:

    Fruit and veggies tray are brilliant ideas! If you have eaten a lot of not-so-healthy foods during the holidays, I hope you have started working out to get rid of the unwanted calories.

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