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10 Ways to Have a Healthier Holiday

Nov 19, 2018 By Riley Steinmetz
Happy Holiday Family

Updated November 19, 2018.

The holidays are here! And while celebrating with family and friends is fun, between the gifts, hot cocoa, and busy schedules, it can be a tough time to make healthy eating and exercise a priority. Fortunately, small tweaks here and there can be a great way to enjoy your favorite traditions without going overboard.

We asked you to share your favorite ways to stay healthy during the holidays. Here are a few of our favorites.

Eating Well

“Don’t be shellfish! Share your shrimp cocktail with a friend and skip the fried snacks and dips. You’ll save loads of calories and fill up on healthy protein.” – Marc D.

“I bring medjool dates with me to help navigate holiday parties so I resist all the sugary food and still have something delicious.” – Stephanie H.

Eat breakfast and a light lunch (if dinner is served late) before the big meal to avoid over eating.” – Jenifer L.



“I like to take long walks around different neighborhoods to check out all the holiday decorations.” – Jessica H.

Getting outside in the daylight when the days are super short is the best, even when it’s freezing!” – Paul K.

“We’ve always gone for family walk after Thanksgiving dinner. This year we’re doing 5K race as a family!” – J. Wood

“I play music and dance around like a nut. It keeps me feeling good and happy.” – Trudy M.


General Health

“I remind myself of everything I have to be grateful for, and lose myself in the spirit of the holidays.” – Rick T.

“Take vitamins, get enough sleep and bundle up.” – Kelly W.

Meditate. Reverse the negativity.” – G. H.


Happy holidays from all of us at One Medical!


What’s your favorite way to stay healthy during the holidays? Let us know in the comments!

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Riley Steinmetz

Riley Steinmetz is a communications professional and experienced writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She's passionate about all things health and wellness. An avid runner, you can regularly find her participating in races around the Bay Area. She has a Masters degree from Ball State University.

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