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October 31st, 2017

Holiday Balancing Act

By The DAHLC

During the holidays it can seem challenging to stay on track with living well. Consider these 6 tips to balance the season.

  1. Include all the food groups: Add fruit to the dessert or appetizer table. Top a green veggie salad with beans or unsalted nuts. Use whole wheat crackers on the cheese plate.  Substitute milk for heavy cream in dishes.
  2. Toast the season: Consider lower calorie beverage options, like water with lemon or cucumber and mint. Jazz up seltzer water with a splash of 100% fruit juice. Alternate a lower calorie option when enjoying an adult beverage.
  3. Sweet indulgences: If a recipe calls for sugary toppings, like jams and syrup, try fresh or unsweetened frozen fruit instead. Or consider smaller portions at the meal to save room for the dessert.
  4. Celebrate with movement: Enjoy your time with family and friends by playing interactive video games, dancing, a friendly game of flag football or simply enjoying a walk together.
  5. Give back and give thanks: Volunteer at a local food bank or help serve meals at a shelter during the holiday season. Remember the true meaning behind the season and practice gratitude.
  6. Practice Mindfulness: Take in the sweet and simple moments of the holidays. We tend to get caught up in the prep, organization, gift buying and all that jazz. We sometimes neglect the simplicities that make it special, such as laughter, gathering around the table, taking some time off of work, cozying up by the fire, lighting that delicious-smelling candle, etc. Notice the details, and you will be surprised at how much more you can relax and enjoy this time of year.

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