Stay Healthy Throughout the Holidays, and Still Eat Cake

Staying healthy doesn’t mean that you have to deprive yourself of the things that you love, like cake.

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too—Seriously

Much of the holiday season is centered around food: Thanksgiving, leftovers, cookie swap parties, holiday parties in general, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, eggnog with dinner, excess wine, booze on booze, popping champagne, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and of course—cake. The list is infinite.

Next thing you know, you’re back to humdrum reality, you put on your favorite pair of jeans, and uh-oh, they’re too tight for comfort. By taking a few cautionary steps, you can avoid this drama, completely.

Help yourself to a plate of dessert, and don’t feel guilty about it. Yes, it is possible.

Tell Your Relatives to Go on a Hike

Whether you’re going out to the movies, or catching up on holiday classics at home, when family comes into town, it can be tempting to spend your time together sitting in front of screens, all day. It's a cozy and fun time, especially when it's cold outside.

But, if you live in warmer climates, like Florida or California, you can tell your relatives to go on a hike

—but maybe rephrase it.

Turn off the television and encourage your family members to embark on outdoor adventures with you.

There are websites online that highlight popular hikes in your area. Check out Hike Speak and Modern Hiker and find hikes that are close to where you live.

If you reside in colder areas, you can also stay active by checking out the local holiday skating rink, or you can challeng your relatives to a game of bowling.

The more active you are, the more calories you’ll burn, and the less impact that slice of cake will have on your waistline!

It's a win, win.

Spread Holiday Joy, Don't Spread Seasonal Germs

Staying healthy isn’t just about what you eat and drink, it also involves your immune system and that means protecting yourself from pathogens.

As the weather cools down, infections can become more prevalent.

Protect yourself by always washing your hands, keep a distance from people who are already sick, clean surfaces before setting food down, keep raw meat away from ready-to-eat foods, and don’t allow perishables to sit out for longer than two hours.

Stay Calm, Don’t Stress Out

The holidays can be a joyous time, but also a stressful time. With family gatherings, holiday shopping, increased traffic, and gift wrapping, the pressure of this time of year can be overwhelming if you’re not careful.

Being healthy also means maintaining your mental health.

Be mindful of what your stress points are. If your in-laws are in town and they engage you in banter that you don’t like, excuse yourself to leave the room.

If the topic of politics arise at the dinner table and you suspect that things will get ugly, kindly change the subject to something more amiable.

And if things are getting crazy in the kitchen, don’t feel ashamed to ask for help.

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Maintaining Good Health Can be as Easy as a Cakewalk

Are there extra steps that you take during the holiday season to stay healthy? Do you keep in mind the small things, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator? Are there any tips or tricks you do that you’d like to share with us and our readers? We’re always happy to receive your comments and questions. Don’t be shy.