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11.17.22 | Community

Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

Filled with family, festivities, and endless food, the holiday season is arguably the best time of the year. But, it can be troublesome for those of us who have built a routine through the rest of the year. Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you stay your healthiest. Here’s our recipe for how you can continue vibrant living throughout the holiday season: 

Keep Active

Even with busy schedules that span the last few months of the year, it’s critical to remember staying active is key to a vibrant life. And even though the weather is much less desirable than in summer, there are plenty of fun activities to keep you active! Make plans with family or friends to go ice skating or snowshoeing if you have access, challenge yourself to an aerobic class or a new workout program, or simply participate in exercise snacks

Challenge Yourself to Eat in

We all know that one of the most challenging aspects of winter dining is resisting the urge to order from your favorite restaurant. Even though the temptation is there, challenge yourself to prepare more meals at home this season; not only is it healthier for you, but you have control of what you’re able to put in and take out of your meal, and the experience is always rewarding. Fill your grocery list with fresh ingredients like seasonal fruits and vegetables, proteins like fish, seafood, eggs and low-fat dairy healthy whole-wheat choices like pasta, grains, beans or rice. 

Strive for Balance

One of the best ways to stay healthy during the holiday season while still enjoying the best of it is by finding a balance in everything. Snacking is a great way to balance your hunger throughout the day, so you’re not stuck overeating your later meals. If you’re invited to a party but concerned about what food they will have, offer to bring a healthy dish of your own! And, if you slip up your eating plan, don’t worry about it, get right back to it with your next meal. 

With a mixture of informed diet decisions, regular physical activity and consistent sleep, energy will only rise, and stress will decrease, fitting your body and mind with all the tools it needs to handle the rush of the holiday season!

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12.15.20 | Arts & Culture

Celebrating the December Holiday Season Safely

The December holiday season (like everything else this year) is looking different than usual. With COVID-19 cases spiking this winter, it’s more important than ever to practice safety: always wear a mask, maintain social distance and stay home whenever possible. Traveling and large group gatherings are highly discouraged during COVID-19 — which means many of us are glumly accepting that seeing our family in person isn’t the safest option. But like every challenge this year, there are creative ways we can overcome this obstacle. Below are a few joy-filled ideas on how to celebrate the December holiday season safely:

Get Creative (and Passionate) with Baking

Nothing better fills at-home time (and our bellies) than baking. This holiday season, revisit the family cookbooks for some inspiration and whip up a feast of delicious goods. The best thing about food — it’s meant to be shared. Try organizing a cookie swap with the neighbors on your block by asking everyone to bake their favorites and to drop it off at each other’s doorsteps. Sharing food is a great way to feel like we’re together, even when we’re apart. 

Enjoy Festive Decorations

Holiday decorations are another way we share our joy and excitement with others. Take a walk or drive around the neighborhood to see how your community’s decorative cheer is being displayed. Or join in on the festivities and hang decorations around your own home to express yourself. Going to see festive decorations can also become an exciting excursion with this TimeOut list of lights to see in Chicago.

Make and Exchange Holiday Cards

Holiday cards are an exciting occasion every year, but this year especially, there’s an extra exhilaration to sending and receiving snail mail. Whether it’s a family photo, a fun drawing or a personally written note, make an event out of creating your holiday cards this year. And when they’re done, share them with friends, family and more. Veterans, children’s hospitals and incarcerated folks are also great recipients for holiday cards!

Host a Video-Chat Party

We’re no strangers to Zoom this year. Video chatting platforms are perfect for hosting virtual holiday parties safely. There’s nothing you can’t do with a well-positioned camera — cook together virtually, have dinner together virtually or just hang out. Try spicing up your virtual holiday party with activities like holiday-theme bingo, trivia or sing-alongs. 

No matter the circumstances, people will always find a way to celebrate special moments together. From the Sage Collective team to you, have a happy and safe holiday season!

An array of holiday celebration items, including handmade cards, hot chocolate and seasonal ornaments
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