Christmas: Menu Ideas, Avoiding Weight Gain, And Looking After Yourself

I’ve been busy writing on Health Central with a Christmas theme, so I thought I would share these articles with you, and hope they will be helpful to you over the holiday season.

1. Christmas Snack Ideas

I really enjoyed writing this article, as it contains some of my favorite snack suggestions. I’ve included options like smoked salmon bites, feta and olives with baked tortilla chips (yum!), and apricot canapes.

What are your favorite healthy holiday snacks?

6 Heart Healthy Holiday Snack Ideas — ”Christmas and New Year brings lots of opportunity to get together with friends and loved ones, which usually means plenty of eating opportunities. When food is constantly within reach, it can be difficult to say no, and very often it’s the snacking, which causes us to take in way too many calories at this time of year. So, rather than serving up the usual potato chips and chocolate…”

2. Christmas Menu Ideas

This is an article from last year, but I thought it was worth sharing with you once again.

Healthy Christmas Menu Ideas — ”If you are hosting a get-together this Christmas holiday, you won’t want to be spending every single second slogging over a hot stove, right? Well, I’ve got some easy, healthy Christmas menu suggestions to help you get organized, and fast! I’ve included a few Mediterranean-style suggestions along with the…”

3. Avoiding Weight Gain

Gaining too much weight over the holiday season can be an area of great concern, so I’m sharing this article with you once again.

5 Ways To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain — ”Let’s face it, it’s very easy to add a few extra pounds during the Christmas celebrations with so much food and drink surrounding you. In addition to this, the festive spirit tends to erode whatever discipline you maintained throughout the rest of the year. Fortunately, the holiday season doesn’t have to…”

4. Look After Yourself

When we get really busy, our health can start to take a backseat. Here are some ways to put your health first this year.

3 Smart Ways To Look After Your Heart Health This Holiday Season — ”Perhaps you’re already bracing yourself for the inevitable weight gain of the holiday season. It’s true most of us will spend a lot of our Christmas holidays eating too much food, and sitting around more than we should. If this is a regular cycle for you, why not challenge yourself to break that bad habit…”

5 Ways To Manage Stress During The Holiday Season — “The Holidays are a joyful time of year, but even the most enjoyable holiday season can be stressful at times. Last minute gift buying, entertaining friends and family, and the travel associated with this time of year, can get a bit overwhelming. While a little stress can actually be good for you, it’s important not to let these…”

7 Health Questions To Ask Before The New Year — ”We can all get a bit carried away at this time of year, with the hectic preparations to be made in time for Christmas. As a result, looking after our health can take a backseat. If you have heart disease, it’s wise to keep a check on your health year-round. Simply taking time to notice if you just don’t feel right really pays off…”

5. Seasonal Affective Disorder

At this time of year, many people begin to experience episodes of depression known as seasonal affective disorder. Here are some tips to help you deal with SAD.

Dealing With Seasonal Affective Disorder At The Holidays — ”The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, where we spend quality time with friends and family members. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. For some people, the lack of sunlight and the reduced hours of daylight, can lead to a form of depression, called Seasonal Affective Disorder…”

Thank You For Being Awesome!

I’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU! to all my readers on Dietriffic throughout 2011.

You have been truly awesome, and each one of you make my job here all the more worthwhile.

I am so thankful to those of you who regularly send messages and leave comments. But also, for those of you who say very little, and are simply present, reading on a regular basis… thank you one and all!

We haven’t had much snow here in Northern Ireland this year, but below is a shot from last Christmas of our wee homeland :-)

Winter In Northern Ireland

I wish you a very healthy and happy Christmas and New Year wherever you are in the world!

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Cathy in NZ December 23, 2011 at 1:42 am

thanks Melanie…for being here, reminding me/us about ideas to make life and living healthy.

I don’t currently have a problem with Christmas other than a few people not quite understanding that I don’t want a lot of certain items – both from weight and health issues!

People seem to think that it doesn’t matter…but all I can see that they have wasted a whole of valuable time, doing it all wrong :-(

One of my regular friends, a guy, decided on a different approach this year and he took me clothes shopping yesterday – he made no comments on my purchases [leaving that up to me] and all I had to do was beckon him to the counter and he paid up. We went to a big factory sort of complex where most of the goods are not seconds “Dressmart, Onehunga”

I had taken an ideas list but the brand names I wanted were not at the complex but I now have 4 spiffy new blouse/tops (one suitable for Autumn) I wore one out to take coffee with a friend, along with the new pants I bought earlier in the year and she was mightily impressed!


Melanie January 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

What a great friend!! I love it when someone does that for Christmas or birthdays :-)


Tammy @ HCGRecipes December 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I really enjoyed the read. Thanks for the share Melanie.


Melanie January 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Thanks Tammy.


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