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Episode 132: 5 Healthier Holiday Traditions to Start

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Years ago, whenever the holidays came around, I always felt like I had to make a choice. A choice between...

The part of me that wanted to fully embrace the holiday season, savoring my favorite traditions and treats. 

And the part of me that wanted desperately to avoid the dreaded holiday weight that seemed to be an inevitability of the season.

But after years of turmoil, I realized...

The answer wasn't to choose one side over the other.

The answer wasn't to EITHER celebrate the holidays OR stay strict with my diet. 

The answer was - as it is in most areas in life - somewhere in the middle. 

The answer was in finding small tweaks and little additions I could make to my annual festivities to make them a bit more in line with my health goals, without sacrificing those treasured experiences. 

How? Here are 5 of my favorite ways of making the holidays a little healthier, and maybe even happier...

1. Christmas Coloring Book

This is my personal favorite holiday tradition of all time. Get a Christmas coloring book and some crayons and set it out on the kitchen counter at the beginning of December.

That way instead of mindlessly munching while hanging out in the kitchen, people can color. Plus at the end of the holiday you have a full coloring book of your family's art.

2. Make Magazine Christmas Trees

Click here for a demo of how to make them!

3. Christmas-Lights Walk

Instead of driving through your town looking at Christmas lights, get bundled up, make some healthier hot cocoa (see below), and take a walk through the streets for some extra movement.

4. Make Healthier Ingredient Swaps

Use coconut sugar or maple syrup instead of white sugar.

Use Bob Redmill's Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour instead of regular white flour.

Make your own healthier hot cocoa with oat, almond, or coconut milk, maple syrup, pure cacao powder (not cocoa powder), and cinnamon instead of pre-mixed packages. 

Use coconut milk instead of cow's milk.

Use Dandie's all natural marshmallows instead of other high fructose corn syrup-filled brands.

5. Cut your Christmas cookie recipes in half. 

You don't need 8 million Christmas cookies floating around your house from mid-December to New Years Eve. Bake just enough to have a couple each day during the week of Christmas and no more. 


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