Holiday Traditions

Most of us have special traditions during the holidays—special foods, holiday rituals, social gatherings……..Lots of cookies, candy, pies, alcohol and other treats. But, there are lots of things we can do to stay healthy during the holidays! Read on:

  • Move you body every day! If you have a usual exercise ritual, keep it up through the season. If you don’t, try adding in a 5-10 minute walk once or twice a day.

  • Keep holiday meals healthy by making sure they include fruits and vegetables.

    • Veggie tray with hummus for an appetizer
    • Roasted veggies like asparagus or Brussels sprouts with dinner
    • Refreshing fruit salad between courses. One of my family’s traditions at holiday meals is a grapefruit, orange and pineapple fruit salad.

  • Make sure you have healthy snacks readily available at home.

    • Raw veggies cut up and ready to eat in the fridge
    • Mandarin oranges in a bowl on the counter
    • Nuts in the shell on the counter (it is difficult to overeat nuts when you have to crack them and dig them out of the shell)
    • Popcorn in your pantry in place of chips.

Enjoy your holidays and all your special treats, but take good care of yourself while you’re at it! For other ideas check out