Many of us attempt to stay healthy during the holidays, but it is difficult with all the stress and overindulgence of the season. I thought I would share some of the ways I’m going to try to maintain my health this year (without any restrictions or regret).
1. DO good for others: The holidays should focus on the people you love, not on gifts. But, come on, we all love gifts too! When you shop for that special gift, keep in mind the people, animals, and resources that went into its creation. I most definitely will be shopping ethically this year. I’ll be putting out some ethical gift guides in December, but if you need help now, peruse my School of Ethics where I keep all the ethical brands I discover. And don’t forget the treasure trove of handmade items that is Etsy. Follow me and see all of my favorites!
2. EAT your veggies first: Filling up on veggies will ensure that you get all of the vitamins and nutrients you need to stay healthy. After that, feel free to get down with that second piece of pie if you’ve got the room!
3. DRINK water with alcohol: There are so many delicious cocktails and wines around holiday parties that it’s easy to over-serve yourself. Low humidity and indoor heat already dehydrate you, so too much alcohol on top makes for a nasty hangover. Protect yourself by drinking water in between alcoholic drinks. You’ll thank me for this one!
4. BRING something healthy to the party: This is a patented tactic for those of us with food allergies. If you aren’t sure if there will be a healthy option, ask if you can bring something to add to the mix. The host will most likely be happy for your addition. If this isn’t an option, eat a healthy meal before you go (see #2).
5. USE real dishes, napkins & flatware: If you are throwing a party, please consider this option. I know, I know, the dirty dishes! But parties and events generate the second largest amount of waste in the US, just behind the construction industry. With great partying comes great responsibility. When partygoers ask if they can help clean up, say “Hell yeah!”, turn up some music, and hand them a towel (if no one asks to help, reconsider your friend choices). If you just can’t use the real stuff, then check out Susty Party for cool eco party supplies.
6. TAKE home dessert & veggies: Don’t deprive yourself of leftovers! Just follow the logic of #2 and take home veggies with your pie.
7. GO outside: Just because it’s freezing, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t brave the outdoors. Take a brisk walk after a big meal. Make a snowperson. Go sledding. Get out, get moving, and then warm up with some pumpkin hot chocolate!
8. DANCE away your stress (& a few calories): My family has playlists for every event, so you can be sure Holidays 2013 will have a soundtrack. I’ll be sharing my own playlist soon! It’s so much more fun to have some music in the background while you are cooking or doing dishes (see #5).
9. HAVE fun & laugh: I’m mostly speaking to myself on this one. It’s easy to get caught up in the hubbub of the holidays and forget that we are meant to be enjoying ourselves and each other. Try worrying less about the perfect gift and outfit, and just enjoying the memories you are making. Fun, love, and laughter are how to have the healthiest holiday!
How do you stay healthy during the holidays?