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  • Writer's pictureMary Corso, RDN, CDN

Why planning ahead is an essential wellness tool….. especially during the holidays!

The holiday season is a time of joy and fun, but it can also have its chaotic moments! We always encourage planning ahead when trying to eat healthier but this is especially important during the holiday season! Beyond just keeping your schedule in check, planning actually becomes a wellness tool, helping you get through the holidays with a sense of control and balance.

The holidays often bring a mix of fun and stress. By planning ahead, you're taking proactive steps to prioritize your well-being. Here's why:

  • Reduces stress: Planning ahead minimizes the last-minute rush, reducing stress and promoting a sense of calm during the holiday hustle.

  • Time for Self-Care: Preparing in advance allows you to schedule moments of self-care, ensuring you don't neglect your physical and mental health.

  • Balanced Lifestyle: Planning lets you strike a balance between celebrations and maintaining your regular routines, preventing burnout.

Quick and Healthy Meal Planning for the Busy Season

  • Prep Ahead: Spend some time over the weekend preparing and freezing batches of healthy meals for the upcoming week. Soups are one of my favorite make-ahead healthy meals! This ensures you have nutritious options readily available.

  • One-Pan Meals: Embrace one-pan meals that require minimal prep and cleanup. Sheet pan dinners or stir-fries can be delicious and easy!

  • Healthy Snack Stash: Keep a stock of healthy snacks, such as pre-cut veggies, fruit, or nuts, to keep hunger in check so you aren’t tempted by less nutritious options.

Navigating Holiday Work Parties for a Healthier You

  • Mindful Indulgence: Enjoy the holiday treats but practice moderation. Choose smaller portions of indulgent treats and balance them with healthier options.

  • Hydration is Key: Stay hydrated, especially if alcohol is involved. Alternate between water and alcoholic beverages to maintain balance.

  • Enjoy Socializing: Focus on the joy of socializing rather than just the food. Engage in conversations, games, dancing or activities to avoid overindulging.

Maintaining Healthy Eating with a Calendar of Events - A well-organized calendar can be a game-changer for your health during the holidays:

  • Online Calendar: Use technology to create a centralized calendar. Set reminders for meal times, workouts, and moments of relaxation.

  • Event Prioritization: Evaluate your calendar and prioritize events that align with your well-being goals. It's okay to say no to certain commitments to maintain balance.

  • Meal Planning with Events: Coordinate your meal planning with events. If you are having a large dinner, opt for lighter, nutritious meals during the day.

During the holiday season, remember that planning ahead isn't just about managing your time; it's a powerful tool to help keep you healthy. By organizing your schedule, meals, and social commitments, you can navigate the holidays with and maintain a healthy, nutritious diet while you do so . Embrace the festivities while knowing that you've taken steps to prioritize your well-being, making this holiday season not just joyful, but healthy as well!.

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season!

Until next time,

Mary Corso RDN,CDN


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