Although this season is different, we can all consider how our new holiday plans can be enjoyable and adjusted to minimize the spread of COVID-19. For example, participate in a “porch cookie exchange” with close neighbors or family, live stream services and programs, drive through holiday light shows and organize video calls with all members of your family.
Take Time for Self-Care
Remember to make time for yourself this holiday season as well. Stress and anxiety can lead to burnout and fatigue. Take even 10 minutes out of your day to walk, meditate, stretch or move your body to help alleviate stress. We often feel guilty for practicing self-care when we really should be doing it more often! We best serve others when we have taken good care of ourselves.
Put Your Best Fork Forward
Of course, nutrition is integral in self-care and staying healthy and happy during the holiday season, and all year. This does not mean that we need to deprive ourselves of traditional holiday treats though! Instead of feeling guilty for indulging, focus on eating a well-rounded diet including mostly fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains—but allow yourself to also enjoy those cookies, pies, eggnog, and more in moderation because so many holiday traditions and memories are associated with good food.
From Our Kitchen to Yours
Below is a family favorite recipe that I have made almost every year (since I could reach the counter) during the Christmas season. These filled cookies start with a sugar-cookie-like dough and include melted chocolate and nuts—all wrapped up in a delicious roll!
From all of us at Ebenezer, we are hoping you stay healthy this holiday season and have many blessings to celebrate!
-Rebecca Kapsen, RDN, LDN
Ebenezer Corporate Registered Dietitian