Holiday Health Do’s and Don’ts

Holiday Health Do’s and Don’ts


Even the most diligent dieters and exercise enthusiasts can get off course during the holiday season. Between the office parties to Christmas dinner at mom’s house, it is easy to find yourself going a bit overboard with the appetizers and desserts. There are some holiday do’s and don’ts that you should be aware of to ensure your holiday season is a healthy one.

Do– You want to drink plenty of water and there are two reasons for this. One is that it will help you stay hydrated. The other is that it can help you feel full before a big holiday meal. The last thing you want to do is show up at a holiday party with a growling stomach and start eating everything in sight.

Do– You do want to bring your own healthy dish to any party you are invited to. This ensures that you have healthy options to choose from. So, consider bringing a nice fruit platter or vegetable tray.

Do– Do ensure that when you are making holiday desserts, modify the recipe so that they end up with lower sodium. If you are making pies, you can leave out the salt from the crust and filling and it will taste just fine.

Don’t– You don’t want to completely avoid the desserts and sweets at holiday parties and dinners. You will likely just end up feeling cheated. Instead, fit a piece or two of dessert into your allowed daily calorie intake.

Don’t– Don’t skip any meals. Some people will try to save calories by skipping a meal during the day if they have a big meal planned for that evening. Skipping a meal will only make you hungrier and you will end up binge eating later on.

Don’t– You don’t want to overindulge on holiday toppings like icing, butter and gravy. There toppings may not seem like much but they can add on the calories and fast.'
Krystal Blue
Krystal Blue dropped out of culinary school to be a full time mom to her two little angels, but it is a decision she does not regret! She loves doing crossword puzzles in her spare time and reading romance novels.

27 Responses to “Holiday Health Do’s and Don’ts

    Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    5 years ago

    I definitely over-do it during the holidays. And I don’t even care 🙂

  • Drinking plenty of water is so important. I have been trying to drink more water at work lately.

  • I do enjoy the food. I also eat healthy on the other days.

  • good suggestion about leaving salt out of the pie crust

  • I drink a glass of lemon water before going anywhere

  • Awesome tips! Now for me to remember and follow them. 🙂

  • I definitely like bringing a healthy dish to be sure I’ve got my bases covered. Great ideas here all around.

    Elizabeth O.
    5 years ago

    I make sure I don’t over indulge during the Holidays, I’m afraid of overeating but I never avoid sweet! Lol. I love these Do’s and Don’ts!

  • I tend to overdo the sweets on holidays.This year I want to do healthy dishes.

  • What a great post! It is definitely important to remain healthy during the holidays. It is so easy to stop eating healthy with all that is going on 🙂

  • I’ve learned if you try to stay away from completely from the sweets, it just makes it worse! These are great tips!

    5 years ago

    Great advice. I always over indulge during the holidays. ALWAYS. It’s terrible hopefully this year I avoid that completely. I’ll keep this list handy!

    Catherine S
    5 years ago

    These are great tips. I need to make sure that I drink more water.

  • These are such great dos and don’ts I have to admit I never drink enough water. x

  • Drinking lots of water is super important. It can be hard to stay hydrated when you have lots going on.

    5 years ago

    These are great tips. I lalways make sure I have plenty of water.

  • These are all great tips. Eating healthy during the holidays is very challenging, and drinking water definitely helps a lot.

  • I’ve been upping my workouts this month because I know I am going to overindulge. We go to so many parties and get gifted so many food items, it always contributes to weight gain over the holidays!

  • I so agree with not skipping any meals. I think that if you are really hungry, you will overeat and regret it later for sure.

  • These are great tips. Thank you! I am excited for the holidays to be here and to spend time with family.

  • This is the time of year where everyone gains – great tips on moderation

  • I am terrible about drinking water in the fall and winter and I can immediately tell by the appearance of my skin. Thank you so much about all of these great reminders.

  • I make the mistake of saving my calories. This just makes me eat even more later on.

  • I tend to overindulge during the holidays. This year i am going to have smaller portions and drink a ton of water.

  • It’s so important to get enough water and sleep all the time. With all of the holiday activities, it can be hard to make these a priority.

  • This is a great list of dos & donts that everyone of us should keep a note. Both me & husband drink a lot of water & I agree it helps you stay hydrated all through the day. We never skip meals as it can lead to some other health issues later on.

  • Love your work as always!

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