3 tips to survive the holidays healthy

Or at least somewhat-healthy. Well, fit into something but sweatpants by the end of the holidays. Yes, that’s more like it.

Whether you’ve recently decided to follow a healthy lifestyle or have been healthy for years, the holidays can always be tough. So much food right at your finger tips every occasion.

Here are five ways you can survive — and thrive — at holiday dinners this season without feeling like you’re missing out.

Bring a dish everyone will enjoy

Cooking healthy can be a challenge for someone who isn’t used to cooking that way, so you can’t expect your host to cook everything uber-healthy. The most effective way to make sure you have food on the table you can actually eat is to make it yourself.

Added bonus? This will show your friends and family that healthy food is amazing. People will eat just about anything during the holidays, and they may even realize it’s just as good as the standard dish.

If you feel like putting in a bit of extra effort, bring a dessert as well. Desserts often aren’t healthy by default, so switch it up a bit this year and show up with a mouth-watering vegan pumpkin pie or an apple gingerbread cake.

You’ll have everyone asking for seconds.


Don’t succumb to guilt

Especially if you’re a new clean-eater in a non-healthy-friendly family, you might get sad-eyed looks from your parents, aunts, uncles or grandparents.

“Wait, what? You’re not going to try some of the XYZ, after so-and-so worked so hard to prepare it?” Be firm, yet kind. “I don’t eat XYZ, but this way there will be more for the rest of you.” Repeat as needed.

The first year will be hardest. By year two, they’ll likely get tired of laying on the guilt.


Say goodbye to stress

Celebrate the season. The holidays aren’t really about the bird in the middle of the table. The fact of the matter is that it is one meal. If a little unhealthy food makes its way onto your plate, that’s one meal out of the thousand that you ate this year.

That’s .1 percent. While you should stick to your principles, don’t let your dietary habits ruin your holiday! You’re supposed to be holidaying, remember? Now, back to that vegan pumpkin pie.

These guidelines are good to take into consideration, but don’t forget to enjoy the holidays & indulge a little!

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