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Helpful Hints for a Healthier Holiday Season

The holidays are here, and for many people this means more parties, more sweets and more indulgence. This can be the hardest time of the year to stay on track with your wellness goals and it can be especially overwhelming and difficult to navigate all the catered dinners, unlimited desserts and alcohol flowing at everyone's party. Don't let all your hard work go out the window, there are many ways that you can enjoy the holidays without completely sabotaging your health goals.

  • Eat as healthy as you can for the meals that you have complete control over typically breakfast and lunch, a healthy wholesome breakfast like oatmeal with berries or scrambled eggs with avocado and sprouted toast and a lunch filled with vegetables and lean proteins.

  • Be active for at least 30 minutes a day, you can incorporate exercise into your day at the office, squats, walks during lunch, or chair yoga.

  • Eat a snack before you go to a holiday party, that way you won't show up starving and over indulge on appetizers, which are usually the unhealthiest choices at the party!

  • Drink a glass of water between cocktails and right before dinner, to help keep you hydrated and feeling full.

  • Fill your plate with vegetables and lean proteins and eat these first. Save the heavier fattier foods for last.

  • Offer to bring something and make it a healthy option like Brussels sprouts, a root vegetable salad or vegetarian chili, this way you know of at least one of the dinner sides is something you can enjoy and won’t regret.

  • Enjoy your favorite dessert but be mindful while you’re eating it. Put your fork down between bites and really enjoy it.

The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family and enjoying their company, I hope these tips help you to stay on track, but also participate in all the holiday cheer!

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