How to Have a Healthy Holiday



How to Have a Healthy Holiday

Kelsey Hergott |


Staying healthy during the holidays is a struggle, even normal at times. 


Right now, everyone's a little confused about ever-changing COVID-19 regulations or what applies to them and what doesn’t. What seems appropriate in Toronto isn’t the same as Windsor, Barrie, Sudbury or Vancouver. What we all have in common is the desire to be with our loved ones. 


It seems the official word from Ottawa is: 

"We have to create new traditions, new approaches which are based on limiting our celebrations in person to the people we live with, unless it's a single person, grandparents who have assessed their risks and need to be connected to a family."


Truthfully, as we’ve come to recognize, every family and individual will handle things differently and celebrate differently. Regardless of what your holiday looks like, here are some tips to stay healthy in all of its forms. 


Don’t leave anyone out: 

This year we learned how truly difficult social isolation can be without offices, restaurants, parks, schools and other places of gathering. Imagine if that were just how you existed all the time like many seniors do in long-term care centers or even just living alone do? Don’t forget to check up on elderly members of your family and overseas. Holidays are likely a big part of their annual social life. If you can’t connect with them on Google Hangouts, email or Zoom, that’s probably a red sign that others haven’t been able to either and it’s time to pick up a phone. 


Get a little activity in every day:

With the double jeopardy situation of the weather getting colder and gyms closed, it’s harder than ever to get in traditional workouts. Add in the holidays and could be a new barrier: you’re at your mom’s house without the weights, bands, ropes and mats that have become your BBFs over the last 8 months. BUT, if the Sweat with Kelsey platform has proved anything it's that you can get a KILLER workout with nothing but yourself! All workouts can be modified with household items to make sure you're still getting in sweat over the holidays!


Acknowledge or create healthy holiday traditions:

If you or your family make the decision to opt out of most or all of your regularly scheduled holiday programming, make sure you create or acknowledge elements of the holiday that make you happy. This could be as simple as spurging on a nice bottle of champagne to acknowledge your gratitude, giving blood, or donating to the Toronto Humane Society. Volunteer Toronto has a full list of great ideas here, however, it has not been COVID adapted so use your own judgement. 


Drink plenty of water: 

But you knew that already! Water is vital to all of the body’s functions, the ones you need to stay alive and the ones you need to stay healthy. 

Making sure your water intake doesn’t drop during the holidays is really important but if you find your alcoho (and sugar) l intake increasing, make sure your water intake does as well. Pro tip: if you have food and beverage pushy family members, throw it in a cocktail glass with some ice and lime. Implying is not a lie. 


Eat mindfully, not restrictively: 

Allow yourself to enjoy your favourite holiday foods. You don’t want to develop a restrictive mindset around food or begin to associate holidays with deprivation. 


Allowing yourself to go outside your normal boundaries a couple of times isn't going to drastically change anything. Just like doing things right a couple times going to keep your mind and body healthy. 


Also, don’t do weird diet-influenced things like “list your favorite 2-3 treats and only eat those” or “only eat a couple of tablespoons.” Food is deeply embedded in both holidays and our cultures.  Eat the things you like, in a reasonable portion and pass on the things you don’t enjoy. 


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