4 Tips for Sticking to Healthy Habits During the Holidays

For many, the holiday season that runs from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day is synonymous with family, friends, and, of course, food. Food is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the season. Turkey, potatoes, pumpkin pie, and cookies – it’s all part of the joy of the holidays. But come January 1st, that joy is sometimes turned on its head when you step onto the scale.

So, in the spirit of keeping everything cheery, here are a few tips for staying healthy during the holidays and avoiding that unfortunate interaction with the scale come the new year:

Eat Mindfully

In short, take your time eating. Pay close attention to what you’re eating in the moment. For each bite or new side dish, take a second to consider the food's flavour, aroma, and textures. This gives your body a moment to process the food that you have already eaten, giving you time to feel full. It can also help redirect your focus inward, allowing you to observe the satisfaction indicators that let you know you’re full. This can prevent overeating and, thus, save you a few pounds.

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Smart Substitutes

Keep your holiday meals balanced by making a conscious effort to include nutritious items on your plate. If your meal is lacking on that front, sub something out. Instead of green bean casserole, opt for regular green beans with butter and spices. Instead of another serving of stuffing, try the roasted cauliflower. It may be difficult, but it’s a long holiday season; you’ll have a chance to get to everything eventually.

Movement & Exercise

Consider starting some new holiday traditions that are both healthy and fun. After Thanksgiving dinner, go out for a walk in the Autumn breeze before it leaves. In the garden, toss a football around instead of just sitting and digesting. Take a group around town caroling; it’s technically a holiday activity and  an exercise.

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Supplements can also play a vital role in keeping you healthy during the Holidays. Let’s look at a few that can help you along your healthy course this year.

Adaptogens immune supplement is a dietary supplement that builds resistance to stress while supporting the immune, nervous, and endocrine systems.

Microbiome balance  helps maintain healthy gut bacteria. It features essential oils, oregano, and clove bud which balances your digestive system.

Bio-assist keeps your organs in tip top shape while helping to detox you at the same time. Your liver, bile ducts, and kidneys will thank you.

Sleep support is a nutritional blend that promotes calming brain activity and relaxation so that you can get the most out of your rest.

Check out these supplements and more from Return Healthy to ensure that you come out of your holiday season just as happy as you were during it. 

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Werner Vosloo

Dr. Werner Vosloo is a Naturopathic and Homeopathic Physician who focuses on and has a passion for helping people with chronic conditions heal through the use of natural and integrated medicine.