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Healthy Holiday Survival Guide

There are 38 days between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day! Here are 38 alternatives to gaining weight over the holidays.

Healthy Holidays
Have yourself a healthy and creative holiday season!

 

DATE

ACTIVITY

11/25

Bundle up and go for a walk every day during the holiday season starting with Thanksgiving Day.

11/26

Keep a daily journal for the rest of the year. Start each entry with a list of five things you're thankful for that day.

11/27

Take candid pictures of things that happen during the season and make a big decorative photo album.

11/28

Make a list of everything you have to get done but donít want to deal with and check them off as you do them.

11/29

Send five people a greeting card -- just because!

11/30

Get the biggest glass you can find, fill it with water & a splash of cranberry juice, and drink it.

12/1

Read a classic book. Or start one, at least.

12/2

Go to a movie with a good friend and discuss what thoughts it provoked and how you felt about it afterward.

12/3

Go for a walk with one family member who you need to catch up with.

12/4

Pretend you are a neat freak. Clean a closet, a bathroom, or a big room.

12/5

Spend an hour petting or walking your animal. Get one if you don't have one!

12/6

Buy some fresh vegetables. Wash and trim them, and chill them in the refrigerator for a healthy anytime-snack.

12/7

Make a huge, steaming pot of vegetable soup to have on-hand for a quick, healthy meal.

12/8

Take a long hot shower, and stretch your muscles. Then put on your favorite sweats, grab a blanket, and read by the fire.

12/9

Give someone a back massage.

12/10

Get a foot rub.

12/11

Boil cinnamon sticks, vanilla and nutmeg on the stove to make the house smell nice all afternoon.

12/12

Tickle someone you live with until they are exhausted from laughing.

12/13

Brush your teeth after every meal and every time you feel tempted to eat when youíre not hungry.

12/14

Play Scrabble or any other game with friends or family.

12/15

Go buy new Christmas/holiday music at the music store.

12/16

Call an old friend youíve lost touch with.

12/17

Make a silly or serious gift from stuff you have around the house.

12/18

Be a tourist for the day. Do something your town is known for that you donít usually experience yourself.

12/19

Make fat free egg nog, but donít tell anyone itís fat free. They wonít know. Just say itís homemade.

12/20

Learn the lyrics to a song you like. Play it loud and sing along.

12/21

Take advantage of your natural surroundings. Go for a hike.

12/22

Dress crazy and see who notices.

12/23

Give someone who you donít get along with a present.

12/24

Pop some popcorn, gather the family around, turn off the lights, and watch old home movies.

12/25

Go to a park for a stroll. Bring a bag, and pick up any litter you see.

12/26

People-watch in the mall or in a park. See how different their moods are. What makes one happy and one stressed?

12/27

Give leftovers and sweet treats to a homeless shelter or soup kitchen.

12/28

Practice listening to what people say instead of thinking of what youíre going to say next.

12/29

Go through your closet and pull out clothes you donít wear anymore, and pack them up for the Salvation Army. Call for an appointment.

12/30

Cook something for dinner youíve never made before.

12/31

Take an afternoon nap. Ask yourself an important question before you fall asleep and see if it gets answered by your subconscious.

1/1

Think of where you want to be a year from now. Pretend youíre at the end of next year, and write yourself a letter advising yourself what you have to do during this year to make it happen.


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