In much of the world, winter and new year holidays are upon us, or soon will be – remembering it is the beginning of summer and middle of the natural year in the southern hemisphere.
This common cross-cultural occurrence suggests roots in ancient winter solstice celebrations, even in cultures that traditionally used a lunar calendar, and a common desire to mark the welcome turn from declining to increasing daylight.
Regardless of your culture and the timing of its seasonal holidays, another common theme this time of years is that our emphasis on happy holidays can make healthy holidays difficult. All too often, we are encouraged to engage in older, less health conscious customs, or new ones born of nostalgia for the past.
This can mean less healthy eating, less regular exercise, or less healthy and even patently health-indifferent social activities – all with the potential for significant inertia in our lives well beyond the holiday season.
With these ideas in mind, HumanaNatura would like to offer ten ideas to help make this or your next holiday a healthy one for you, your family, and your community, wherever you are and whenever your holidays occur:
#1: Eat before events – as an aid to avoiding unhealthy foods
#2: Offer to cook – greatly improving culinary control
#3: Bring a dish – ensuring at least one healthy option
#4: Morning walks – before becoming busy with events
#5: Group calisthenics – fun for kids of all ages
#6: Active activities – away from couches and chairs
#7: Share 2018 recaps – fostering learning & understanding
#8: Discuss 2019 plans – inspiring reflection & forward thinking
#9: Volunteer – to reach more people in the holiday spirit
#10: Renaturalize – by spending time in nature, quietly or adventurously
This list may encourage you to have other healthy holiday ideas, and we would enjoy hearing them in the comments section.
From all of us in the worldwide HumanaNatura natural health community, we wish you healthy holidays, whether now or next.
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