Staying Healthy for the Holidays ~ $100 Giveaway

Staying healthy is a year-round commitment, but it is especially tough during the holiday season. Not only are there temptations around every corner – cookies, pies, cakes, candies… the lack of sleep, a regular schedule and time to prepare healthy meals is a recipe for disaster. (Especially with a sweet tooth like mine!)

So during the holidays, we have to work especially hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our family. Before the holiday madness begins, take a moment to review a few simple things you can do to keep your family healthy during the holidays:

  • Drink water. And then drink more water. Skip the sodas and eggnog when you can and fill up on water. Save the sugar indulgences for desert.
  • Eat before you go. If you arrive at that holiday party starving, you are more likely to fill up on whatever is in front of you. Choosing to eat something healthy before you go will give you control over something nutritious and you will have less room to indulge. (One idea, grab an apple.)
  • Walk it off. After a big meal, suggest a walk around the neighborhood to burn off some of that energy. Get the kids into the action by making it a nature walk (if during the day) or a chance to look at Christmas lights (if at night).
  • Stock up on the good stuff. If you know you will be eating less-than-stellar options at parties and family’s house, stock your pantry with nutritious items for the other meals.
  • Two words – crock pot. No time to cook, ask for an early Christmas present and get yourself a crock pot. With a crock pot, you can chop and dice the night before, then dump it all in to cook all day long. When you return from a day of shopping or merry making a nice, healthy, hot meal will be waiting for you. (Even I can cook with a crock pot!)

Those are just a few ideas to keep holiday indulgences from getting to your hips.

Holiday Meal

This holiday season, Parents.com and Aetna have teamed up to encourage parents and families to recommit to their health and learn more about their health. Today, many parents want to take health matters into their own hands and be able to make more informed decisions about health care and living healthier for the sake of their children. Furthermore, they’re looking for ways to live healthier to help them drive down costs of medical expenses so they have money to use on more fun recreational activities with their kids.

To help encourage you to Live Smart, so you are invited to share your moments of struggles and successes in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for a chance to win $300 from Parents.com and Aetna.

Aetna also offers the following tips to help you keep moving:

 

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Now for the giveaway!!!

Giveaway – One lucky reader will win a $100 Visa Gift Card, Williams-Sonoma cookbook, Pedometer and an assortment of Yogi Tea (more than $125 value!)

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Disclosure – I was provided a promotional product for sharing my healthy tips and the prize is being provided to the winner, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. Get plenty of rest, eat well, take vitamins and exercise

  2. control portions and get enough sleep
    thanks

  3. Lisa Garner says:

    I walk everyday during the Holiday season and don’t deny myself the special holiday treats but only eat them in moderation.

  4. Always wash your hands!

  5. Do not overindulge and keep up your eating rand exercise routine.
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  6. Noelle Cagle says:

    We use myfitnesspal.com ( a free site) to keep track of everything that goes in our mouths. It really helps!

  7. Sara Zielinski says:

    To stay healthy during the holidays don’t forget to eat your fruits and vegetables and get enough sleep, don’t stress out over it too much the holidays are supposed to be a happy time!

  8. Tara Woods says:

    During the holidays I exercise more, I do portion control and I limit my sweets.

  9. I stick to my exercise routine to feel better and have more energy.

  10. Go for the healthy food and minimize the amount of sweets.

  11. Laura Jacobson says:

    We carry the gel hand sanitizer with us while out and about so we can wash our hands after leaving stores.

  12. I stay organized and actually up my exercise routine, it actually helps me stay focused
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  13. I eat healthy and exercise but I do have treats in small amounts

  14. Get plenty of sleep. That will make everything else work out ok.

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  15. My tip for staying healty during the holiday season is to participate with a group at work that makes a commitment to exercise or workout at least three days per week. We all benefit. Thanks.

  16. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    It helps to keep lots of fresh produce around to munch on before a party…never go to a pary ravenously hungry..

  17. I make time in my day to workout

  18. Get in a little time to exercise every day.

  19. Michelle Spayde says:

    I let myself enjoy THE DAY, and stick to my usual routine the rest of the season.

  20. kathy pease says:

    i try to walk an hour daily on the treadmill and drink lots of water

  21. Thanks for the giveaway…our tip for staying healthy during the holiday season: enjoy the holiday food & drink in moderation, and try not to slack off too much on your daily exercise !

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  22. Rebecca Shockley says:

    drink lots of water and take daily walks if possible

  23. Make your ever day meals healthier.

  24. Betty Curran says:

    Watch your diet, try to eat healthier and avoid crowds where you are more likely to come in contact with those who are sick.

  25. my tip is to take something healthier to parties so you know there will be something not “too” bad for you to eat

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