The Sun Basket Holiday Survival Guide

The holidays are here in full force, and it’s time to make a plan before the plans make you. Let this be the year you stay on track, eat healthily, and enjoy the festivities without the stress. Be sure to check out our test kitchen team’s tips for holiday entertaining. Here’s how we’re managing the holidays this year:

It’s OK to say no. You don’t have to say yes to every invitation that comes your way. Set your priorities and know your limits. Make time for the people and events that are most important to you, and offer a polite “no, thank you” to everything else.

There’s more to a party than food. Dance, play board games, get a good conversation started. Stay focused on the people you enjoy most and step away from the buffet.

Water it down. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities and drink more than you should. Make your first drink a big glass of water. After that, go one for one, following each alcoholic drink with more water.

Make exercise a holiday tradition. Go for a hike before (or after) a big meal. Organize a game of dodgeball, or hold your party at the local climbing gym.

Go easy on yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if you overindulge or eat a second piece of pie. It’s the holidays, after all, and you’re allowed a break from your routine.

Photo by Colin Price Photography