Hi guys! How’s the Thursday going so far?
I’m currently holed up at a local coffee shop trying to get all of the things done that I should have gotten done last night. Even though Princeton’s finals period isn’t until after winter break (I know, not ideal), we seem to somehow get dumped on with a million things regardless.
Anyway, despite all of those things, I did get a chance to write an article for our school newspaper again this week, which I thought I’d share here as well!
5 Habits for a Healthier Holiday Season
I love the holiday season. As soon as December 1st hits, I break out my festive sweaters (all two of them), blast Michael Buble’s “Christmas” album on repeat, and replace note-taking in class with intense Pinterest stalking. However, as much as I love these holiday rituals, none of them can compete with the best one of them all: food.
Along with festive movies and parties, winter break brings with it an endless string of food-centric events. Don’t get me wrong, as a self-proclaimed foodie I’m not complaining one bit. There’s not much I love more than baking snowman shortbread with my mom while a cheesy romcom hums in the background. However, while endless cookie dough sampling can be fun, there’s no doubt that making this behavior a habit could lead to some less than satisfactory realizations, come the New Year. So, how do you enjoy the holiday cheer without the holiday hangover? I don’t have it nailed down to an exact science, but these tips might come in handy when you find yourself surrounded by a cozy couch and scrumptious stuffing in the coming weeks!
“Limited time only” does NOT mean “must have”
- Do you really need that Reese’s peanut butter cup just because it’s shaped like a Christmas tree? (I almost fell for this gimmick when they came out with a pumpkin version- I thought it was a pumpkin flavoured PB cup!) Are you actually a fan of candy-cane flavoured desserts, or do you just think you are?
- Tip: ask yourself if you would normally be inclined to indulge in this “special” dessert. If yes, go for it! If you’re not really as enthused about the flavor as you are about its scarcity, consider giving it a pass.
Talk and walk
- You don’t have to sit down at Starbucks to catch up with a friend (although I know their chairs are quite comfy) so why not get your coffee to go? Tip: If it’s not a complete blizzard outside, go for a walk around a local park, or kill two birds with one stone and do your Christmas shopping! And if you’re still a 5 year old at heart like me, don’t be afraid to grab a friend or two and join the neighbourhood kids for some sledding fun! (On second thought, I might be the only kid left on my block…more snow for me!)
Break up the feast(s)
- In my family, we have both a big brunch and a dinner on Christmas day. If I don’t get up and move between the hours of noon and 4, I go into a serious food coma which to be honest, kind of puts a damper on the whole day!
- Tip: Do a family/friend run or walk on the day(s) of your feast! Turkey trots exist for a reason, right? So why not take a Jingle-bell Jog, a Hanukah Hike, or if you’re fortunate, a Santa Ski?
Pregame, game, or postgame?
- You could be surprised to find that this tip has nothing to do with alcohol, but instead, revolves around food. Part of the reason I come away from dinner parties as full as Santa is because it is usually about 4 hours of eating, between appetizers, dinner, and dessert. Tip: Either nix one of these 3 meals altogether, or make sure you eat less of each in order to keep yourself in balance. Trust me, if you fill your plate with dinner and dessert, you won’t find yourself missing those mini quiches that looked like heaven when you arrived famished.
Choose Your Booze Wisely
- Between exes, old high school friends, and your strange Aunt who’s not really you’re aunt, chances of awkward conversations this holiday season are pretty high. If you’re 21, you might even find yourself reaching for a strong glass of egg nog to calm the nerves, or facilitate a laugh. However, one glass of egg nog (or your beverage of choice) usually leads to two or more, which is sure to add up (depending on the level of awkwardness).
- Tip: Avoid those interactions at all cost. KIDDING! If you do feel like celebrating the season with a little booze, try to steer clear from the cream and sugar-laden drinks such as Baileys and Margaritas and replace them instead with lighter options. (Click here for Shape’s list of best+worst holiday cocktails!)
Hope you have a great holiday with friends and family! 🙂