KEEP YOUR HEALTH ON TRACK DUR­ING THE IN­DUL­GENT SEA­SON

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can be an in­dul­gent one, full of cook­ies, can­dies, heavy meals and eggnog. While no one wants to rein in the fun dur­ing the mer­ri­est time of year, there are sim­ple ways to keep your health on track dur­ing this in­dul­gent sea­son.

To the best of your abil­ity dur­ing this hec­tic time of year, at­tempt to stick to rou­tines that pro­mote well­ness. Set a bed­time and hon­our it. Hit the gym. Med­i­tate. Do what­ever it is that keeps you grounded and feel­ing your best.

,#(%ŗ/*ĄŗMany peo­ple as­so­ciate de­hy­dra­tion with the warmer months. But in win­ter weather it can be es­pe­cially easy to for­get to stay well-hy­drated, es­pe­cially when you’re in­dulging in bev­er­ages at all those hol­i­day par­ties. Re­mem­ber, wa­ter doesn’t need to be the only source of hy­dra­tion you think about this sea­son. Soups and purees made from hearty win­ter veg­eta­bles, as well as cit­rus fruits do the trick, too, and their nu­tri­tional prop­er­ties can help keep you healthy.

Stay­ing on track doesn’t mean you can’t en­joy the sweet­ness of the sea­son. In­stantly boost the flavour of your favourite meals with or­ganic honey. And just one ta­ble­spoon of or­ganic raw honey pro­vides the right amount of sweet­ness and fla­vor for any dish or drink, in­clud­ing year-round sta­ples like oat­meal, yo­ghurt, tea, and more. You can also con­sider giv­ing a honey makeover to all your favourite hol­i­day recipes, in­clud­ing glazes and sauces for meat and poul­try, cock­tail recipes, and of course baked treats.

Other health­ful sub­sti­tu­tions you can make this hol­i­day sea­son in­clude top­ping pies with Greek yo­ghurt in­stead of cream, us­ing ap­ple sauce in place of oil and nut flour in­stead of white flour in bak­ing, and serv­ing veg­etable mash as an al­ter­na­tive to mashed po­ta­toes.

/&ĄŗThe hol­i­day party cir­cuit can be dan­ger­ous when it comes to mak­ing nu­tri­tious choices. When you en­ter a party with a buf­fet set-up, it can be tempt­ing to reach for the rich­est foods first. Be­fore in­dulging in the canapes and Swedish meat­balls, try fill­ing up a plate with cru­dité first. While you’re do­ing so, get a good look at all the op­tions avail­able. This way, you’ll be more likely to savour choice items you’ll truly en­joy.

A joy­ful hol­i­day sea­son doesn’t mean you must pack on pounds or feel un­der the weather. By keep­ing your health on track through­out this in­dul­gent time of year, you can start 2019 with your best food for­ward.

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