Health and Wellness: Staying Healthy During the Holidays

The holidays are synonymous with large meals, treats and parties. Staying on track with your regular, healthy routine can be a challenge when you are constantly confronted with appetizers and delicious treats and drinks at holiday parties. Eating healthy and exercising doesn’t need to go by the wayside this holiday season if you keep a few ideas in mind.

Exercising
The calendar fills up during the holiday season making it difficult to squeeze in a workout. Incorporate your exercise regimen into your holiday plans by taking longer walks at lunch, planning shorter, more intense workouts, parking further from the mall or even participating with friends or family in a game of Kinect or Wii. Even if you can’t make it to the gym, the goal is always to remain active.

Holiday Treats
Your office might have morphed into a smorgasbord of treats, but this doesn’t mean you have to go overboard. Planning out your day in advance with meals, snacks and opting for healthier treats will help you curb cravings. Holiday nuts or seasonal fruits like satsumas or tangerines and cranberries are always a good option. Being able to resist might be tough so if you do indulge, make it count. Don’t choose an item you can have any old time of the year.

Drinks
The calories in drinks can sneak up on you. With all the delicious latte flavors and egg nog, it’s not hard to consume a meal’s worth of calories in one drink. Pay attention to your choices and you can still be festive but opt for an organic cider or dark chocolate cocoa.

Holiday Meals
Meals around this time of the year are a little more generous than other times. Try not to fill up on appetizers and treat the day like any other having complete meals instead of starving yourself for the main event. Making smarter choices like lean turkey, vitamin-rich sweet potatoes instead of other starches, vegetables not covered in dressing or butter and dark chocolate instead of cookies will help ward off the holiday weight gain.

Now that you know some of our secrets to surviving the holidays, what tips do you have?