How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

  • by Laura S.
  • 27 November 2017

How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

The holidays are finally here! While this time is all about family, friends, gratefulness, and joy, there’s also A LOT of food and drink involved. Staying healthy during the holidays isn’t always easy, but we can help make it a little more painless.

Stay Healthy During the Holidays by Keeping Active!

Regarding your health, one of the trickiest parts of the holidays is the massive amounts of food that you’re encouraged to put on your plate. ‘Tis the season to binge eat! Maintaining portion control is easier said than done. One way to balance this out is staying active. If you want to stay healthy for the holidays, we recommend ramping up your physical activity a little bit in anticipation. Here are 5 painless ways to stay active during the holiday season:

  1. Take more walks outside.

    Make it part of your routine to take some time for yourself with a daily, leisurely walk. You can even bring along a friend, your spouse, or your kids. If you live somewhere cold, bundle up and sip on some hot tea!

  2. Add an extra 15 minutes to your workout routine

    We know you’re extremely busy, especially around the holidays. Staying an extra 15 minutes at the gym isn’t that much more time and it can really add up to make a difference!

  3. Plan a fun family activity!

    Does your town have a holiday event every year? Take the whole family, walk around, and enjoy the beautiful sites and fun activities.

  4. Stay committed to your New Year health goal.

    If you’re planning on making some lifestyle changes for New Years, stick with it! A lot of people have trouble keeping up with unrealistic goals, so make sure you choose something you know you can achieve.

  5. Take the stairs.

    Whether you’re on your way to the office or shopping for holiday gifts, opt for the stairs rather than the elevator or escalator. It’s a great way to add extra activity to your daily routine!

Stay Healthy for the Holidays with These 12 Traditional Foods

There are plenty of traditional holiday foods that are packed with health benefits. Put a little bit of each on your plate and you can enjoy the holidays, guilt-free! Here are our top 5 healthy Holiday foods and drinks:

  1. Turkey

    What’s Thanksgiving without turkey? Don’t feel guilty about putting this main dish on your plate. Turkey is full of protein and essential amino acids. If you want to be even healthier, opt for white meat over dark meat; it has a lot less fat content.

  2. Ham

    Leaner types of ham are lower in fat content than others and high in protein and iron. The main drawback is the high amount of sodium it provides, so keep your serving smaller and fill up on healthy vegetables.

  3. Cranberries

    A staple side dish on Thanksgiving dinner tables, cranberries are great sources of fiber and vitamin C. They also contain anthocyanins which are great for gut health due to their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

  4. Sweet potatoes

    Sweet potatoes have a ton of antioxidants and fiber, which benefit your gut and overall health. Plus, they’re naturally sweet and delicious without adding anything to them!

  5. Green Beans

    Green beans contain vitamins A, K, C and are loaded with iron and fiber. They’re healthy, filling, and low in calories.

  6. Pumpkin

    Pumpkin can give you the benefits of anti-inflammatory omega-3s and heart-healthy antioxidants like lutein and beta carotene.

  7. Chestnuts

    Chestnuts are high in fiber and potassium but low in carbohydrates, which boosts your gut health, energy, and brain function. So, make some roasted chestnuts with the family!

  8. Parsnips

    This root vegetable has a significant amount of fiber that can help your digestive system and promote regular bowel movements. When you keep things moving in your digestive system, you’re less likely to have issues like leaky gut syndrome.

  9. Carrots

    Roast some carrots in honey for a sweet side dish that is packed with health-boosting antioxidants, betacarotene, fiber, vitamins, potassium, iron, and more! Carrots are incredible for your body, providing you with immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, and heart-healthy properties.

  10. Winter Squash

    Winter squash is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E, B6, and K. It’s also full of fiber and potassium which makes it just as filling and healthy as it is delicious!

  11. Red Wine

    Drinking during the holidays, or any celebration can sometimes be hard to avoid. If you want a drink, have some antioxidant-packed red wine.

  12. Ginbucha

    Hosting a holiday party? Try our festive Ginbucha recipe for a tasty, fizzy cocktail that uses gut-healthy ginger kombucha as a main ingredient. Your guests will love it!

The Aftermath + Your Gut

Some of the foods on these lists may not be available to you, especially if you’re spending the holidays in someone else’s home. It can be awkward to refuse particular foods from someone who is generous enough to cook you a delicious feast. Keep your gut health in check by taking a quality probiotic every day leading up to holiday meals. Your tummy will be glad you protected it from a digestive nightmare!

About the Author

About the Author

Born and raised in New York, Laura is a writer with a passion for health and wellness. She studied literature as well as health and nutrition at the George Washington University. When she’s not working, you can find her playing guitar, drawing, or trying new restaurants in the city.

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