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Tips for a healthy and happy holiday season

The holidays can be exhausting and emotionally draining.  In addition, most of us are tempted to go outside of our normal routine and eat more than we normally do.  Try these holiday tips.

  1. Reflect together. Include a mini-meditation before begin dinner. Holidays can be stressful and full of emotion (in both good ways and bad). Take a timeout to appreciate the food, family and friends that surround you.  Whether by leading a prayer or a simple quiet time before you sit down to the meal of the year everyone will be present, relaxed, and ready to be together.
  2. Portion Control. If you’re watching what you eat then only allow yourself one plate of holiday food. Half of your plate should be vegetables (green bean casserole doesn’t count), a quarter should be mashed or sweet potatoes, and a quarter should be turkey or ham. The more colorful your plate is the better.
  3. A game of cards or registering for your town’s annual Turkey Trot is a great way to get everyone involved. It’s easier to talk and catch up with family and friends when you’re playing a game and creating memories.  After you finish each meal it’s ideal to take a walk to boost your metabolism. Instead of hitting the couch after you finish your turkey gather up your family for a walk around the neighborhood.
  4. Hydrate and hit the pavement. Drinking water throughout the day will reduce your potential to overeat later. Hunger is often mistaken for thirst, so keep a water bottle with you throughout the day.

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