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Source: California Pacific Medical Center

According to the National Institutes of Health, holiday eating can result in an extra pound or two every year. Over a lifetime, holiday weight gain can really add up. The holidays don’t have to mean weight gain. Focus on a healthy balance of food, activity, and fun. By implementing a few simple tips you can stay healthy through the holiday season.

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Source: Cleveland Clinic

Research studies show that most adults gain some weight over the holidays. But don’t despair — this year can be different! Here are some great ways to enjoy the holidays without adding pounds. For starters, treat yourself — just once a day…

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Source: WebMD

Does this sound like you? During the summer, you’re a workout fiend, perhaps swimming, running, hiking under the warm sun, keeping that body healthy and in ship — or beach — shape. Or maybe you’re a little less vigilant, but you still like to hit the gym every other day.

Then, it happens: daylight-saving time ends, and you find it hard to get out of bed and by nightfall, you’re more interested in curling up with a book than running. The winter months can be brutal for some people’s fitness routines…

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Did you miss the “12 Days of Christmas – Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas?”

Here they are in a quick list:

Day 1 Idea: Fitness Trackers
• Adidas Micoach Run Watch
• Fitbit (Zip, One, Flex, Charge, or Surge)
• Jawbone (Up Series)
• Misfit (Flash or Shine Series)
• Nike+ FuelBand
• Philips Activa portable fitness device
• Samsung Gear Fit activity tracker

Day 2 Idea: Kitchen Gadgets for Portion Control, Food Safety, & Flavor
For Flavor -
• Microplane Herb Mill
• Grater-Spoon
• Vegetable Spiral Slicer
• Top Chips Maker
For Food Safety –
• Colorful Rings Cutting Board
• Hutzler Food Savers
For Portion Control -
• M-Cups Matryoshka Doll Measuring Cups
• Digital Food Scale

Day 3 Idea: Indoor Herb Garden
• Indoor herb garden starter kit
• Plant herbs yourself in fun jars, a monogrammed mug, colored bottles, etc. Choose a theme, like Italian, by giving basil and oregano. Just remember to use a good potting mix and provide holes for appropriate drainage. (Recommended herbs for indoor gardening include: Basil, Bay, Chervil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Garlic Chives, Lemongrass, Mint, Mustard, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Sweet Marjoram, Tarragon, Thyme, and Vietnamese Coriander.)
• Purchase a single rosemary plant already pruned like a Christmas tree

Day 4 Idea: Exercise/Yoga Mat with Bag or Sling
Choose a colorful mat or one with a fun graphic design, then add a bag or sling to carry it:
• The Manduka Commuter sling
• The Core yoga-mat organizer
• Gaiam’s Audio Yoga Mat
• The Zobha Essential Mat Carrier

Day 5 Idea: Blender with Smoothie Recipes
• Blendtec blenders
• Cuisinart Compact-Smoothie Blender
• Nutri Ninja Pro Blender
• Oster Blender with Blend-N-Go Cup
• Oster My Blend Personal Blender
• Vitamix blenders
Find healthy smoothie recipes with a simple web search, and personalize them to your liking.

Day 6 Idea: Hydration Helpers
• Water bottle (so many varieties to choose from)
• Canteen
• Thermos
• Water backpack (e.g., Camelbak)
• Water purifier

Day 7 Idea: Grown-up Lunchbox
• Box Appetit Lunch Container
• Aladdin Collapsible Salad Set
• Chef Salad Blaster
• Blue Avocado Lunch Kit

Day 8 Idea: Gifts that Remind
• Pillzie Rx reminder
• Slimware portion-control plates
• HAPIfork

Day 9 Idea: Gourmet Basket
Cooks basket: Include an apron (e.g., Cuisine Couture Apron), healthy cookbook (e.g., Healthy Family Meals by the American Heart Association), bottle of olive oil or balsamic vinegar, Tabletop Oil Mister, and colorful silicone spatula, whisk, steamer basket, etc.
Tea basket: Add favorite teas, tea mug, and infuser. Some suggestions – Numi Organic Flowering Tea Gift Set, Bodum Tea for One set, NewLeaf Tall Tea Mug, Kati Tea Brewing System, Tovolo Gingerbread tea infusers.
• Homemade meal basket: Prepare a healthy homemade meal and place it in a basket with all the sides (e.g., salad, fruits, homemade whole-grain bread, etc.). You can do this with a picnic basket for a fun, reusable touch. Line or cover the meal with a fun holiday blanket or kitchen towel for an extra little gift idea.
Fruits & nuts basket: You can do this yourself or purchase a ready-made basket or box (e.g., NatureBox, Harry & David fruits, etc.) of fruits and nuts.
Local harvest vegetable basket: If you are already a part of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA, localharvest.org), you can fix your loved one a basket of fresh, local veggies…or, go to your local farmer’s market or even your grocery store to pick out fresh, seasonal vegetables. Attach a recipe using some of the vegetables in the basket.

Day 10 Idea: Music on the go
• iPod Nano
• Watch band for iPod Nano
• Headphones
o Yurbuds
o Sennheiser CX 685 Adidas Sports In-Ear Headphones
o Skullcandy Chops Bud
o Bose IE2 Headphones
o Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless
o Hip Street HS-VLEB-MXPN Kids Hip Budz Volume Limiting Ear Buds (to protect hearing)
• MP3 cap (iCap)
• Waterfi iPod Shuffle and short-cord headphones combo
• Just Dance video

Day 11 Idea: Treadmill Desk
A treadmill desk. Nope, I’m not kidding. There is such a thing. Google it. You can “have your cake and eat it, too”…or, in this case, “do your work and exercise, too.”

Day 12 Idea: The Classics
• Bike
• Bike accessories
o Helmet
o Reflectors &/or lights
o Basket or rack
o Lock
o Bell
o Water bottle with holder
o Tire pump
o Cushioned seat
• Scooter (w/helmet)
• Hula hoop or weighted hula hoop
• Jump Rope
• Ping Pong Table