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Five tips for making healthy holiday choices.

If your office is anything like ours, then you know it’s about time to clear off the counters for trays of cookies, chocolates, cheese, crackers, and just about every other festive food you could imagine. But if you’re looking ahead to a health-related New Year’s resolution, all those sweets and calories can start to feel like less and less of a treat. So we’re here to help with five tips for making healthy choices this holiday season.

  1. Put all foods on the nice list.
    They say the heart wants what it can’t have – well so does the stomach! Stop thinking of foods as good or bad and instead just think of them as food. When a cookie is just a cookie, it becomes less of a temptation.
  2. Get seasonal.
    Winter produce only comes around once a year. Take advantage of your favorites, like pomegranates and sweet potatoes, while they’re in season. Or use this December to try something new, like persimmons or pomelos!
  3. Don’t skip out on silent nights.
    Between holiday stress and holiday parties, it can feel like there’s no time for sleep. But getting your six to eight hours in can help regulate your blood sugar and prevent you from craving sweets.
  4. Decorate your plate.
    When you hit the buffet line, try to deck out your dish with fresh foods in every holiday color. Think red peppers, green grapes, blueberries – you get it.
  5. Let it snow.
    The cold isn’t so bad once you get moving. Bundle up and join in on the winter fun with activities like skating, skiing, and even snowball fights!

Most importantly, don’t lose sight of what the holidays are all about. You can never go wrong when you put the focus on celebrating with family and friends. We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season!