So here are my five musts for a healthy holiday season! I hope they help!
I want to emphasize this one, because I know that (especially in healthy living communities) people can be real hard***es about their diets and about 'keeping it clean' (I object to the idea of clean vs. dirty food, anyway, unless you mean it literally fell on the ground) during the holidays. The holidays are meant to be enjoyed!
Cookies are meant to be eaten, hot cocoa is meant to be indulged in, and family-style dinners aren't meant to be nitpicked over!
Sometimes healthiness can be unhealthy and I'd definitely chalk allowing 'healthiness' to negatively effect your holiday socialization, time with family, or enjoyment of the holidays into the unhealthy category. No bueno!
Um, yeah, I don't speak Spanish. *Sheepish.*
2) Get some fresh air.
Not only is fresh air good because it gets you out of the (often over-)heated, dry indoors, but getting some fresh air can be really centering and relaxing. It's also a great opportunity to bond with a loved one, whether it's on a stroll around the neighborhood or building snowmen in the yard. If you're going for a little stroll, which is my favorite way to get some fresh air during the holiday season, it's also a great opportunity to catch some Christmas decorations!
If you're someone who works out regularly, I'd also encourage you to loosen up on your regular routine. I know that's the opposite of what a lot of people recommend, but I'm recommending it for a few reasons: first, because it's a great opportunity to make sure that you're not addicted (see the healthiness -> unhealthy argument above). Second, there's so much that you can enjoy from the holidays with your loved ones that it would be silly to spend your time by yourself working out because you 'have to get those minutes in.' And third, because there are plenty of great ways to stay active and have fun during the holidays, whether it's strolling with friends, building snowmen, sledding, going skiing (if you're that lucky), cleaning the house (a workout that your mom/host will really appreciate!), hacking firewood, etc. Have some fun!
3) Say no sometimes.
Now I'm not saying that you should pull a Grinch or Scrooge and not show up to a single holiday party or participate in a single secret santa exchange. But don't feel like you have to go to five parties in one week or let yourself get roped into seven secret santa exchanges (and realize that your wallet can't handle it!) either.
It's okay to say 'no' sometimes, as long as you say 'yes' sometimes, too. That's not being a bad person, that's being a balanced person.
4) If you drink, alternate drinks.
Drunk driving deaths are always awful, but there's no worse time to have a drunk driving death happen to a loved one than the holiday season, when you all want to gather together and be merry. Unfortunately, a lot of alcohol-related accidents do occur on the streets during the holidays (both where the drunk drivers are injured and where they injure innocents) because often merriment involves alcohol. I'm not saying don't drink, I'm just saying do it responsibly! If you've been drinking, don't drive. If you know someone else has been drinking, encourage them not to drive.
And alternating alcoholic with non-alcoholic beverages is a good idea for a number of reasons - you won't get dehydrated, you'll be less likely to suffer from a bad hangover, and you're less likely to do something embarrassing at the office party!
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There are plenty of great reasons why breakfast is more important than ever during the holidays!
And, as you can see, the crumb is awesome.
They’re delightfully filling and, because of all that fiber, they stick with you. You can have a sandwich and then go out on a present shopping frenzy with peace of mind – you’ll stay satisfied and energized!
Oh, and these loaves freeze really well.
If you don't have a toaster, you can toast slices (straight from frozen, no need to thaw first!) in a pan for a few seconds on each side.
Then spread with your desired toppings and it's as good as if toasted from fresh - just FYI!