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Creating Healthy Habits for the Holiday
December is here and Christmas is right around the corner. With the holiday season comes the dinners, parties, family get-togethers, and all the treats and rushing around associated with them. Healthy habits often fall by the wayside. This year, make a healthy habit your new family tradition. Here are a few simple pointers on how you can incorporate healthy habits into your holiday season.
Use smart substitutes.
Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to find healthy substitutes for staple ingredients in your favourite holiday recipes. Baking cookies? Try substituting in apple sauce, olive oil, or yogourt in the place of butter. About to tuck into a big holiday meal? Try serving a hearty vegetable-based soup as an appetizer. This way, you’ll be less likely to overeat your way to a third helping of stuffing. Check out these online resources for tips: (1.http://bit.ly/uIDcnt 2.http://bit.ly/rMrKdf)
Make physical activity a family affair.
Being active doesn’t have to be a chore. Make physical activity a fun family event. Go for a walk around the neighbourhood after dinner to look at the Christmas lights, or enjoy some skate time at your local rink. (Robson Square in downtown Vancouver has a free public ice rink, if you’re looking for a unique experience: http://bit.ly/rZs5uT). Weather permitting, venture outside for some tobogganing or build a snowman. You have options.
Take a time-out.
Winter holidays are a busy time of year. Don’t let the rush put a damper on your enjoyment of the season. Take time out for yourself – go for a walk, try a yoga class, have a massage – even if you’re just sitting down to enjoy a cup of coffee, a quick microbreak to relax can keep the holiday bustle from becoming a stress-filled experience.
Whatever your plans, remember to take time to have some fun! Spend time with friends and family, go play outside, and laugh lots. Whatever your version of fun this holiday season, enjoy yourself!