This post is sponsored; all opinions expressed are my own.
The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year! It’s a time of family and friends, laughter and joy. It’s also (if we’re being completely honest) a time for a little overindulgence! And that’s ok—it’s part of what makes the holidays special.
Still, if you’re like me, you want to make sure that it’s not all sweet treats!
The good news is that making the holidays healthier is easier than you think! Here are 5 healthy suggestions to keep in mind this holiday season.
#1 Eat what you love and pass on what you like.
When you’re passing plates full of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie around the table, it’s easy for “a little of this and a little of that” to become a whole lot of food! You can stay a bit healthier during big family dinners by taking only your can’t-miss foods. If a particular food doesn’t make your mouth water just looking at it, leave it there.
Not only does this help you eat better, it prevents that overstuffed, “I-need-to-take-a-nap-right-now” feeling that often follows lunch—giving you more energy to socialize with your family and friends. (And that’s what really matters, right?)
#2 Drink lots of water.
Traditional holiday drinks (like mulled cider, eggnog, and hot chocolate) are delicious—just not super healthy for you. That doesn’t mean you have to skip them, though! Just alternate the fun holiday drink with water to make sure you’re staying hydrated with a healthier option.
It’s also a good idea to drink water after eating or drinking anything with sugar. Washing down that sugar will help save your teeth from cavity-causing oral bacteria (which feed on sugar).
#3 Get enough sleep—seriously!
Trust me, I get it: when you’ve got schedules to arrange and meals to cook and kiddos to wrangle and in-laws to host and a home to clean and presents to buy and everything else on your to-do list, the holidays can get more than a little crazy! Often, the first thing to go is your sleep.
It’s tempting to burn the candle at both ends to get everything done, but it’s not good for your health—or your family time. Not getting enough sleep makes you not just tired, but also irritable, impatient, moody, and more stressed. (The holidays are stressful enough!) It also makes your body more prone to illness, since it doesn’t have enough time to repair itself at night.
#4 Be mindful of leftovers.
After the craziness of the holidays, leftovers are a miracle! Here is food that’s already prepared, that you can just reheat! (Can you tell I like leftovers?)
Still, it’s important not to let the goodies from the holiday season linger in your fridge for too long. Try to make a few balanced meals out of your leftovers, and then get rid of the excess sugary treats. It’s important to give your body a chance to bounce back from the sugar high!
#5 Use Crest for good oral health.
The holiday season can really do a number on your teeth! Festive drinks (like spiced wine) can cause stains. Sugary treats (like pumpkin pie) and acidic foods (like cranberry sauce) can erode enamel and cause cavities.
Left unchecked, bad oral hygiene can progress from gingivitis and cavities to tooth decay and tooth loss. You don’t want expensive, time-consuming dental problems for you or your family. That’s why I recommend Crest.
Crest offers a wide variety of products—including toothpaste, mouthwash, and whitening strips—to help keep mouths in great shape. I really like Crest Pro-Health Whitening Power because it does it all—fighting plaque, gingivitis, cavities, sensitivity, and tartar, freshening your breath, whitening, and strengthening tooth enamel. It’s the best toothpaste to protect your teeth from all the damage they face during the sugary holiday season.
Not only is Crest great at protecting your teeth, it’s great for families on a budget. Be on the lookout in the Sunday, November 25, newspaper because you can snag a $2 off select Crest toothpaste products coupon then head to your local CVS store and stock up on your favorite Crest products!
I hope these 5 tips help you have a healthy and wonderful rest of your holiday season!