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7 ways to stay healthy and happy over the holidays

Deck the halls and jingle the bells: the holiday season is upon us! For many, December is jam-packed with festive get-togethers, decorating, shopping, baking, school concerts, holiday visits and general merry-making.

But in all the revelry, sometimes we forget something very important: to look after ourselves. In preparation for the busy holiday season, here are some tips to help keep you healthy and happy during this most wonderful time of the year:

Look for healthy-alternative recipes

You may be surprised at the amount of recipes out there that take your favourite holiday treats and make them a little bit better for you. For example, try these decadent avocado brownies and you will not regret it.

Wash your hands before you eat

Yes it sounds obvious, but just think of all the hugs you give and hands you shake before you dive into that cheese plate at a holiday party. A little hand sanitizer is all you need to get rid of those germs and enjoy the food. 

Take your time with your food

If you’re engaging in a big meal, consciously think about your portions while you fill your plate. This will help avoid that overly-stuffed feeling afterwards, and remember, you can always go back for seconds!

Get outside 

As long as you’re bundled up, getting out in the winter air can be a great way to balance out those holiday calories. Try out a hike or some outdoor skating and get those legs moving with some friends or family members.

(Government of Canada, Seasonal Tips for Healthy Eating)

Veggies are still a thing! 

No, the holidays are not an excuse to forget about healthy eating. To help curb indulgence, try to fill half of your plate with fruits and veggies. This can help fill you up and potentially cut back on your trips to the treat tray. 

(Government of Canada, Seasonal Tips for Healthy Eating)

Give or ask for health-focused gift ideas 

Yoga mats, hand weights, new running shoes, the possibilities are endless. If you give or receive gifts that promote a healthy lifestyle, chances are that you’ll feel inclined to improve yours! 

(Dietitians of Canada, Holiday Survival Tips)

Don’t let any holiday stress get you down 
Yes, this time of year can be busy. You can keep yourself on track by making a budget, reaching out to friends or family if you need any help, and making sure you do something nice for yourself.

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