Staying Healthy During the Holidays

When I think back to when I was younger, one thing I looked forward to was Christmas dinner.  We would sit as a family in the dining room, use the good dishes and cutlery, and I would get to drink “wine” out of a wine glass.  The wine may have actually been ginger ale, but it tasted great to me.  I still remember how the smell of the turkey roasting filled the house, as I sat in anticipation of digging in.  I still look forward to a big turkey dinner, but I am making some healthier choices these days.

At the holidays you can go to the many parties, cocktail receptions, and dinners, but with a little planning, you will be able to watch the waistline and still have fun.

Here are some helpful tips for you to stay on track during the holidays:

Eat a healthy meal before going to the party.  You will be less likely to fill up on fattening foods.

Eat in moderation.  You can still have the treats you are craving, just have smaller portions.  Try to make selections of foods that are not available all year round as well, such as fruit cake, panetonne etc.

Don’t hang out beside the buffet table.  Move around the room and socialize once you have your food.

Avoid high calorie alcoholic beverages.  Try lower calorie suggestions such as wine spritzers, caesars, and bloody marys.  If you need to use mix, choose diet soda instead of the sugar laden regular sodas.

Hydrate.  Drink plenty of water as alcohol, coffee, and tea will dehydrate you.

Keep active over the holidays.  Plan some family outdoor adventures such as tubing, skiing or evening walks to look at the light displays in the neighborhood.

As well you will need something classic and festive to accompany your turkey at the holidays.  I chose a recipe for a fresh Cranberry Sauce because of the many health benefits cranberries provide.  Apart from the vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, probiotics, and fiber they contain, cranberries are a natural anti-inflammatory, a digestive aid and they promote healthy gums.

For this recipe if you are unable to find fresh cranberries, using frozen will be fine.


1 pound of fresh or frozen cranberries

8 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice

8 ounces water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup agave nectar

1 cinnamon stick

3 Tbsp orange zest, finely grated

20 orange segments


Combine the first 6 ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil.  Simmer uncovered until the berries begin to burst, approximately 15 minutes.  Skim off any foam that rises to the surface.  Add the zest and simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and remove the cinnamon stick.  Add the orange segments and cool.  Serve chilled.

Now you have a game plan for staying healthy at the holidays, so enjoy yourself.

Wishing you a wonderful and healthy holiday season.


About Lisa

Lisa is a Certified Personal Trainer who is passionate about fitness and living an active lifestyle. She has a strong background in nutrition, having been a Chef for almost 15 years and applies this knowledge to helping her clients achieve their goals.
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