A guide to moving and eating well during the holidays

2 minutes

Key takeaways

  • Stay active during the holidays by incorporating festive workouts, creating active family traditions, and dancing to holiday tunes.
  • Practice mindful eating by savoring each bite, aiming for balanced meals, and staying hydrated to support digestion and overall well-being.

As the festive season approaches, the temptation to indulge in rich foods and crash on the sofa becomes more tempting than ever. However, maintaining a balance between celebration and well-being is crucial for our overall health. Here, we explore the importance of incorporating movement and making mindful choices during this holiday season.

Move to celebrate

Christmas often brings a plethora of delicious treats and hearty meals. While it's natural to indulge, incorporating movement into our daily routine becomes paramount. Physical activity not only helps to burn off those extra calories; it also boosts our mood and energy levels.

1. Festive workouts: Consider embracing the festive spirit with holiday-themed workouts. Join a Christmas-themed virtual fitness class or take a brisk family walk through a beautifully decorated neighborhood. Engaging in activities such as ice skating or sledding can be both enjoyable and physically beneficial. If you ski, take to the slopes!

2. Family traditions: Create active traditions with your loved ones. Instead of lounging on the sofa after a big meal, initiate a friendly family game of charades, organize a Christmas scavenger hunt, or plan a post-dinner walk. These activities not only promote movement; they also foster cherished memories.

3. Dance, dance, dance: You don’t have to be a Broadway star to move your body to the sounds of a melody. Regardless of what you are doing – cooking, cleaning, fixing or decorating, turn up the stereo and enjoy the freedom of movement. Any chore or activity is all the merrier when we lift our spirits and shake our bodies to some energizing tunes!

Eat mindfully

The holiday season often revolves around food-centric gatherings. While it's essential to relish the festive flavors, being mindful of what and how much we consume can make a significant impact on our well-being.

1. Savor every bite: Take the time to truly taste each flavor you put into your mouth. Eating slowly allows your body to recognize when it's full and prevent you from eating too much. Enjoy the textures and flavors of your favorite holiday dishes and set your fork down between each bite. This makes the experience of eating food much more gratifying.

2. Balance is key: Strive for balance in your holiday meals. Include a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables alongside the festive treats. Always ask yourself if there is room for one more vegetable on your plate or fruit in your bowl. This not only adds nutritional value but also ensures a satisfying and well-rounded dining experience.

3. Hydration matters: Staying hydrated is crucial during the holidays. Opt for water or herbal teas between festive beverages. Not only does this keep you hydrated, but it also aids in digestion and can help control your overall calorie intake. A good rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water after every festive drink. This helps to keeps you hydrated.

The gift of well-being

Incorporating movement and mindful eating into your holiday routine is not just about staying physically healthy; it's also a gift to your mental and emotional well-being. The holidays can be stressful and maintaining a balance between indulgence and healthy habits can contribute to a more enjoyable and sustainable festive season.

This Christmas, celebrate the joy of the season while prioritizing your health. By incorporating movement into our festivities and making mindful food choices, we can savor the holiday spirit without compromising our well-being. Embrace the season with gratitude for the gift of health, and remember, a balanced approach to celebrating ensures a happier and healthier start to the new year.

We, at BioGaia, wish you a very happy & healthy holiday season

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