Many of us are still cleaning up crumbs from Thanksgiving, while wrapping gifts for Christmas and Hanukkah. Many are also still “recovering” from turkey overdose, work overdose, and feeling the stress of the next holiday creeping in.
Take a deep breath and remember: We’re supposed to enjoy holidays! If you are already having problems zipping your jeans, stop and consider what you can do now to help you and your family make this holiday season a happy and healthful one that doesn’t require a ton of dietary damage control!
Some families are lucky enough to jump on planes and head to warm weather this time of year. But for those of us stuck inside, quickly running out of kids’ activities, ask your kids to help pitch in to make healthy lunches and dinners. Who says that everything you make in “the Zone” must be sweet and artery clogging?
In fact, although I am a dietitian today and I am able to cook, I didn’t often get cooking lessons from my parents. Some of my best lessons were impromptu–on snowy days when my mom just decided to put something together—and she decided to show me how. Now that’s quality time together. And the food we made lead to great family meals, too.
So happy holidays to parents, kids, caretakers, grandparents and everyone else we know who will be spending time with you in “the Zone” this winter. Cook together, celebrate together, relax together, and most of all, enjoy unique and traditional holiday food.
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