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8 #healthhacks for the holidays!

The holiday season really is “the most wonderful time of the year”! But it can also be a tricky time to stay on top of the healthy routine you and your family have worked on throughout the year. While it’s more than okay to celebrate festivities with family and friends, we’ve put together our top #healthhacks to have a healthy, happy holiday season.

1. Make sure the family at regular meals.

This might be tricky when you’re in holiday mode, but having regular meals will give the body the energy it needs to function and manage hunger levels! Aim for 3 main meals and 2-3 small healthy snacks each day.


2. At parties, get the family to fill up on the most nutritious options first.

Load up both your plate and your child’s plate with lots of wholegrains and vegetables first. This will fill you up before reaching for the desserts table.


3. Have a healthy meal before you go.

This includes having breakfast before the three-course family lunch on Christmas day to help regulate hunger levels.


4. Stay hydrated!

Try to keep water the main source of hydration during the holidays. Children should be aiming for 6-8 cups per day. And grown-ups, this one is a reminder for you too, especially if you are choosing to drink alcohol!


5. Remove temptations and offer left overs to your guests.

It can be easy to graze all day at celebrations when food is left out on the table the whole time. Instead, have food out for set periods of time, then pack it up and give left overs to your guests to take home.


6. Make a healthy twist to the holiday classics.

There are thousands of recipes online that are healthier versions of your favourite holiday treats. Stay tuned for a healthy Christmas recipe in our next blog post!


7. Keep active in the am so you can party in the pm.

Don’t forget to fit some family activities in your day in between celebrations. Keep organised and aim to do it in the morning!


8. Organise some festive games to get you moving and grooving.

Do you have any family activities or games that are traditional in your family during the festive season? If not, maybe it’s time to start a new tradition this year to keep you moving and grooving. It can be as simple as taking a walk after lunch or having a festive themed dance off with the kids.


Most importantly relax and enjoy this time of celebrations with family and friends! There’s no need to feel guilty or pressure to make all of the right choices for your family, just remind yourself of your goals and make the healthiest choices for your family that you can!

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