Friday Five: Healthy Holidays!

Happy first Friday in November! Join me, Cynthia and Courtney every Friday for the happening-est party in town, the Friday Five. Today we’re all about staying healthy during the holiday season. I broached how to stay fit last holiday season. But now that candy land (ie, Halloween) is over and done we’ve got stuffing town and gingerbread housing to develop – it’s going to be food overload the next couple months. BUT it doesn’t have to be.  FF_Holiday Health

1). Focus on the FUN not the food! Holidays are about being with family and friends. Yes, food comes along with that but enjoy the reveling and celebrate the reasons for being together.

2). Eat before you go. If you have a day of shopping or partying ahead of you eat a healthy meal before heading out so there is less chance you’ll Eat All the Food later.

3). Carry snacks. Keep your favorite bar, snack bag of fruit, or trail mix handy when you are out and about to curb your appetite in between errands or your travels.

4). Be that guest. You know, the one who always brings the healthy dessert or veggie tray (I love that guest!) Well, that could be YOU!

5). I always say this but be kind to yourself. Indulge a little as there is nothing wrong with treating yourself (in moderation).

Speaking of FOOD – I am excited to be hitting up the Metro Cooking DC show this weekend. It’s gonna be a blast! Who else has big weekend plans? What are some of your healthy eating tips during the holidays?

84 thoughts on “Friday Five: Healthy Holidays!

  1. This is such a great reminder list!! It’s easy to go overboard during the holidays.
    This is a silly tip, but if you wear a bold red lipstick, you’ll eat and drink less so you won’t mess it up!
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  2. I love the first one about focusing on fun instead of food. So many of the memories I have of events around this time seems to center around food but it really is more about spending time with family and friends. And I’m definitely that guest that tries to take health food options to all the events πŸ™‚
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  3. I always keep a granola bar in my purse at all times because you never know when your going to need it! Snicker’s is right, “Your not really you when your hungry” but I don’t feel guilty eating my granola bar like I do when I grab a candy bar from the store:)

  4. Mar! I’m so jealous that you are going to a food show this weekend; can’t wait to hear all about it! This is a great list, thank you for sharing; I totally agree with you on being “that person” who brings the healthy dish…I think that’s a great idea. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you, as always, for hosting such an amazing link-up!
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  5. This is a great list! I especially love focusing on the FUN! I agree we should be focused on enjoying time with our family and friends instead of the food πŸ™‚

  6. I just LOVE number one. Our families tend to focus on and bond over the food. Turning that focus to the fun of the holidays that isn’t food-centered is a great idea!

  7. My biggest problem is making it a whole season of gluttony and not just on or two special days.
    Heard something at Weight Watchers I really liked, “It is a holiDAY, not a holiweek.” I think I will really work on remember that and only enjoying the actual holidays, and not going buck wild all season.

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