Bringing balance to the holiday season

The food and fun of the holiday season began with Thanksgiving last week. We love this time of year even though it can be a challenge to balance family time with eating well and being active. But with a little extra focus on building it into your celebration schedule, you can make wellness work for your family this holiday season. We’ve got a few tips to get you started:

Move in the mornings: Get that run, walk, or gym session out of the way in the morning before family and friends start asking for your attention. You’ll feel good knowing that you started the day off with movement and still be able to give your full focus to the opportunities for fun that pop up as the day goes on.

Cook with the kids: Getting children involved in cooking the holiday meal can make them – and you – more mindful when it comes time to eat the meal you prepared together. Adults can be great models for kids of savoring more and eating less so the holiday becomes about feeling nourished rather than stuffed.

Bring the balance: Don’t think that there will be many food options to help you build a balanced plate at your next holiday potluck? You can stick to traditional foods while lightening them up a bit, or mix things up with a new nutritious and delicious dish.

Make “trotting” a tradition: Boston is chock full of fun holiday-themed run/walks. Tons of Turkey Trot 5k’s like the one through Franklin Park last week got the season off on a running start. There is still time to get in on the action of an upcoming fun run like the Somerville Jingle Bell Run happening on the 14th. Find more upcoming races in the Boston area by searching through Running in the USA.

Rule the routine: once you find out what works for you and your family. whether it’s an after-dinner walk or veggie potluck dish, make it a habit so that eating well and moving more is your routine through the season.

Give these tips a try and let us know what works for your family in the comments section below this post. Happy holidays!

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