Each year you and your family continue to practice old traditions, but maybe you'd like to consider making new holiday happenings into new traditions. This year, it is particularly important to consider traditions to help keep you on track for a healthier lifestyle.
1. Bake Healthier Treats
I know, one of our favorite things about the holidays are the treats. But, this leaves room for improvement with healthier alternatives. You can find a plethora of healthy alternatives online, that don't pack as many calories as the traditntal holiday high-calorie treats!
2. Make Family Holiday Meals Lighter
Let’s face it; it isn't just the treats that aren't the most healthiest for us. However, it doesn’t mean that you have to hold yourself back from eating your favorite holiday foods. Instead, take a lighter approach on your favorites. Think roasted green beans instead of green bean casserole or cauliflower mashed potatoes instead of mashed potatoes. A good trick, is to take a look at some vegan or vegetarian preparations that don't use cream, and that are generally more health focused. I know, I know, vegan? Ick! But give it a chance, these recipes have come along way!
3. Take Your Time With Dinner
You put a lot of effort into making this exquisite holiday dinner, so why not enjoy it? Take the time to have a meaningful conversation with your family. Share your favorite stories, talk about important events, or go around the table and say what you’re thankful for. In addition to building a closer bond, it also helps prolonging the meal, giving your tummy time to tell your brain that it's stuffed. This way, you're not as likely to overeat (guilty!).
4. Get Up and Move After Eating
After a big meal, make it a routine to get a little exercise. I'm not suggesting to go do some HIIT training after your meal, but try going for a nice walk around the neighborhood to enjoy the Christmas lights, or taking a stroll around a local Christmas tree farm (or Christmas tree lot).
5. Light Up the House
There is nothing better than seeing others get in the holiday spirit by decorating the inside and outside of their homes. Instead of laying on the couch after dinner, make it a tradition to get your Christmas tree with the family or decorate the outside of your house with Christmas lights and decorations.
6. Night Time Story Time
Some of the greatest memories are when your parents read a book to you before going to bed. Turn off the screens and take a break from the TV. Get back to reading your favorite holiday books to your children (or to yourself!). This is such a simple task that will be remembered for a lifetime.
Contact Your Doctor if You’re Feeling Sick
We want you to have a safe and healthy holiday season. It is equally important to us to make sure your health is optimized at all times. That being said, please be assured that our pharmacy staff is mindful that COVID-19 still has a presence here in Southern California, and are taking regulations and precautions seriously. If you are feeling sick, please let one of our staff know so we can arrange to have your medication delivered to your door.
Additionally, for those of you practicing caution, please note that we do offer delivery and curbside pick up.