25 Healthy Days of Christmas RECAP! Days 17-25

chistmas present_ben white_header I love this week between Christmas and New Year's: even if you have to head back into the office for a few days, everything feels a little slower, a little more relaxed, and a lot merrier.

Sharing 25 tips for a healthy holiday was such a fun way to stay connected to healthy and well-being at this time of year, but the fun doesn't have to stop here.

Christmas Day has come and gone, but these holiday tips will carry you through to the new year!


25 Healthy Days of Christmas

Day 17 - Gratitude

17 - Gratitude

Harvard Medical School has this to say about gratitude:

"In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships."

So, what are YOU grateful for this season?

Day 18 - Healthy Holiday Sweets

18 - Holiday sweets

Proof that you can quit refined sugar and still indulge in holiday treats, courtesy of FLO Living!

Day 19 - Spiced Almond Milk

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Before reaching for sugary, processed hot chocolate, try this delish almond milk concoction from Simple Green Smoothies. It'll warm you up from the inside out, without the sugar crash an hour later!

Day 20 - Kindness, Plain & Simple

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Aesop hit it out of the park with this simple, beautiful quote.

This season, when everyone around you is stressed out, busy, eating poorly and low on energy, your kindness can go a long, long way.

Plus, as far as gifts go, it's good on the wallet.

Day 21 - Embrace the Solstice, Shed Some Layers

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Today's the shortest, darkest day of the year, but that doesn't make it the gloomiest. On the contrary, the Winter Solstice is a great time for contemplation and release.

These tips from A Woman's Health are spot on for taking advantage of all the solstice has to offer.

Day 22 - Plan Your New Year's Resolutions

22 - New-Year-Goals

Don't let your resolutions fall by the wayside this New Year's: Lifehack.org has you covered.

Scan their list of 50 of the most popular resolutions, and find helpful tips & tricks for getting the job done!

Day 23 - Healthy Nog!

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If you've spent your day frantically finishing your Christmas to-do list, kick back with a cup of this healthy vegan 'nog from Joyous Health!

And if you've been done your Christmas shopping for months, whip up a batch of this as a reward. #YUM

Day 24 - Dress Up Your Turkey!

24 - turkey rub

This herb-laden seasoning mixture from the brilliant Jamie Oliver is great on poultry, or can be used on roasted veggies to give them a Christmas-y taste.

Making your own seasonings is a great way to avoid yucky preservatives and excess sodium, too!

Day 25 - Christmas Wishes

25 - one simple wish

It's been one heck of a year around here, and all I really wanted for Christmas this year was good things for the people around me (and around the world).