‘Tis the season of indulgences, a time when we help ourselves to
an extra serving of our favorite dish and wear out our credit cards on
gifts for the ones we love. The holidays are our favorite time of year—so
why are we so stressed out? Read on to learn how to stop the frenzy by
keeping your wallet (and your waist size) in check—a healthy balance
of Cents & Sensibility.
SAVVY SHOPPER, SUPER SAVER
According to the American Psychological Association, a whopping 73 percent
of Americans name money as the top reason for stress. Holiday shopping
can be especially tense, but with a little shopping savvy, you can spread
holiday cheer on any budget. Not sure where to start? We’ve got
Set a budget (and stick to it). While gifts may be at the top of your list, make sure
to include all of your expenses—postage, holiday cards, party favors,
wrapping, home decorations, etc. Even little purchases can quickly add up.
Shop smart. Last-minute holiday shopping can put a strain on your body and your bank account.
Get an early start on shopping and take time to compare prices. Remember:
meaningful gifts matter most, even small ones.
Plan ahead. Holiday items are typically reduced up to 50% right after the season.
Shop now and take the worry out of next year’s decorations. Less
stress, more savings.
HOLIDAY EATING CAN BE HEALTHY, TOO (WE PROMISE!)
From cocktails to appetizers, work parties to family dinners, it’s
easy to overindulge throughout the holidays. But you don’t have
to avoid the fun to stay healthy; try these simple nutrition tips on for size:
Substitute flavor for fat. In charge of preparing the holiday meal this year? You can make your
favorite holiday dishes healthier by substituting just a few ingredients:
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Sciences recommends switching
whole milk with low-fat when possible, or replacing oil with applesauce
when making cookies.
Drink wisely. While it’s okay to raise a glass for the next toast, don’t
forget that beverages have calories, too! Eggnog, hot chocolate, cocktails
and other delish drinks can add up quickly.
WORK IT OUT
While most Americans think they gain five to ten pounds throughout the
holiday season, a National Institutes of Health study revealed that most
people typically only gain one pound
in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. The hard
part is that sometimes, our holiday habits don’t end with the New
Year, which can lead to tipping the scales.
Remember: a little exercise goes a long way. Carving out just thirty minutes
of physical activity each day can help maintain your weight (and even
lose a little!), so that a little indulgence during the holiday won’t
hurt your waistline throughout the year.
What plans do you have in place to keep your stress levels down this year?
Any other tips for those who will try to turn into SuperMoms, Hosts, Giftgivers, etc.?
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