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Navigating Holiday Meals: Tips for Staying Healthy

Hello my fellow Gen Z’s! Sophie here, your resident 24-year-old trying to adult in this crazy world. I hope you’re ready for a healthy dose of advice and humour as we navigate the minefield that is holiday meals. If you’ve ever found yourself feeling like a stuffed turkey after Christmas lunch, then this one’s for you.

1. Portion Control is Your Best Friend

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I see a spread of delicious food on the holiday table, my eyes instantly become bigger than my stomach. It’s like they’re playing their own little game of ‘Who can spot the most food?’ But let me tell you something – portion control is key. You don’t have to miss out on your favourite dishes; just make sure your plate isn’t overflowing like Mount Vesuvius!

2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

We often mistake thirst for hunger – a rookie mistake that even us seasoned adults make (and by seasoned adults, I mean me). Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially if you’re indulging in some festive beverages (yes, I’m looking at you eggnog).

3. Don’t Skip Meals

I know it’s tempting to skip breakfast to save room for that big holiday dinner but trust me on this one – it’s not worth it! You’ll end up overeating and feeling sluggish afterwards. Plus, who wants to be hangry during family time? Not me!

4. Mindful Eating

This isn’t some new-age philosophy thing; mindful eating is just about taking the time to enjoy your food. Savour each bite, appreciate the flavours and textures, and most importantly, listen to your body. If you’re full, stop eating. Simple as that.

5. Stay Active

After a big meal, it’s tempting to slump on the couch and enter a food coma. But staying active can help digestion and ward off that sluggish feeling. A walk around the block or a game of backyard cricket can do wonders. Plus, it’s an excellent excuse to escape Aunt Mabel’s never-ending stories about her cat.

6. Balance is Key

A slice of grandma’s famous pumpkin pie? Yes please! But balance it out with some veggies too. Holidays are for enjoying ourselves (and food), but remember – balance is key.

7. Be Kind to Yourself

If you overindulge (which let’s face it, we all do sometimes), don’t beat yourself up about it. One day of indulgence won’t derail your health goals if you return to your regular eating habits afterwards.

In my own experience last year, I ate so much chocolate on Easter that I’m pretty sure I started laying Cadbury eggs! But hey, we live and learn!

8. Enjoy the Company

Holidays are about more than just food; they’re also about spending time with loved ones (even if they drive us bonkers). So enjoy the company, soak up the festive atmosphere and remember – there’s always room for laughter!

I hope these tips will help you navigate holiday meals without feeling like a bloated balloon afterwards! Remember – holidays are meant for enjoyment; don’t stress too much about what you eat or drink.

Until next time my fellow Gen Z’s, stay healthy and keep smiling!


Sophie is a vibrant and multifaceted individual who beautifully intertwines her diverse heritage, with her contemporary interests and beliefs. A passionate devotee of weight training, Sophie finds strength and empowerment in her physical regimen, which aligns seamlessly with her deeply spiritual nature. This spiritual depth is a cornerstone of her character, informing her perspectives and enriching her approach to life's challenges and joys.

In her professional life, Sophie has carved out a niche as a junior author for the thought-provoking blog, "Illusions of Wisdom." Here, she expertly delves into issues that resonate with Generation Z, offering insightful, articulate, and nuanced perspectives. Her writing not only reflects the pulse of her generation but also echoes the wisdom and sensitivity of someone deeply connected to their cultural roots and personal passions. Whether discussing mental health, environmental concerns, or the evolving landscape of digital interactions, Sophie's voice is both a guiding light and a mirror for her peers.

Her work on "Illusions of Wisdom" is characterised by a rare blend of authenticity and analytical acumen, making her a beloved figure among her readers. As Sophie continues to explore and express her multifaceted identity through her writing, she remains an inspiration to many, embodying the spirit of a generation that values both strength and introspection.

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