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6 Ways to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

The holiday season comes around every year, but it doesn’t have to stop you from hitting your goals! While it may be easy to hit pause on healthy eating for a few weeks and “start over” come January, there are a few simple tricks that can help you enjoy your holiday celebrations and feel great come the new year.

Here’s how to enjoy your holiday season the healthy way.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Dish)

Enjoying the holidays in someone else’s home and don’t have control over what’s being served? Stay on track with your healthy habits by bringing your own dish to the dinner table. Whether it’s a seasonal salad or a hearty side dish, combining healthy fats and protein will help keep you satisfied all day long.

Here are some Wellory go-to healthy holiday favorites:

Reinvent Something Old

Traditions are important--like your grandma’s signature apple pie or mashed potatoes. To keep tasty traditions in-line with your habits, consider which family favorites could benefit from a nutritious upgrade.

Here are some simple swaps to try out this year:

  • Switch out full-fat cream for low-fat coconut milk
  • Use dates to sweeten instead of cane sugar
  • Swap vegetable oils for olive or avocado oil
  • Double the vegetables in a classic side dish
  • Swap crackers for crudites on the appetizer table

Savor Your Favorite Holiday Sweets

Not all favorites need to change, so be intentional about the ones you’ll enjoy most! Keep in mind that it won’t be the last piece of pie or cookie you ever eat--in fact, holiday favorites can be enjoyed any time of year.

To savor your holiday dessert to the fullest and avoid overeating, stay hydrated throughout the day and pay attention to hunger and fullness cues. What you eat before dessert matters, too and making sure your main meal is balanced is key. Here’s an easy visual to make sure you get everything you need:

Building a Balanced Meal

Stay Active

Holidays usually signal lots of time with family, friends and loved ones. Instead of the usual dinner and drinks meetup, suggest a long coffee walk in the park, explore neighborhood holiday decor, or even host a family and friends workout! Keeping active over the holidays can help you stay on track with your habits while helping you to feel great, even if you indulge a little more than normal.

Avoid Holiday Hangovers

Alcohol usually goes hand in hand with seasonal celebrations. Apart from the (temporary) state of relaxation it offers, alcohol disrupts digestion, sleep and hydration levels which all contribute to increased hunger and cravings--both of which can lead to overindulging.

To drink in moderation throughout a long day of celebrations, try a wine spritzer made with 1/2 white wine, 1/2 club soda, and a festive garnish of pomegranate seeds or berries. Or, try channeling your inner mixologist and sip on a seasonal mocktail between alcoholic beverages.

Strike a Balance

There are many things that can make holidays stressful, but overthinking your food choices shouldn’t be one of them. With just a little extra planning here and there, healthy habits and holidays can coexist!

It’s possible to nourish your body with whole foods, while enjoying your holiday favorites. Health is not an all-or-nothing event, and putting hard limits on yourself can damage your relationship with food. You've worked hard to make progress towards your goals, and that progress doesn't have to fall flat over the holidays!

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