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Taking Back New Year's Eve- To My Living Room

By Janell Lewis, MS, CHES 

I’m staying home this New Year’s Eve and here’s why.

New Year celebrations are loaded with expectations and calories. As a busy mom with a full time job and house full of things that need my care, I have decided to take this evening and celebrate the end of a long year with the people I love and off the dangerous streets filled with over-indulging revelers. (That was a mouthful – clearly I need a night of relaxing and ease!)  

Are you with me? Because I have some fun ideas for a New Year’s home celebration!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at home

  • Movie night: Watch a marathon of your favorite movies. Make popcorn! And curl up on the coach with your favorite people. Or your cat.
  • Game night: Marathon Monopoly! Longest game of Life! Serious Scrabble! Add a cheese plate, some fresh fruit and you are good to go.
  • Spa night: Set up a mani-pedi station, give yourself a facial, condition your hair. Come on, guys: it’s not just for the ladies. You know you want to do this, too!
  • Are you solo? You can do movies and spa time just for you, or take this opportunity to start that book you’ve been meaning to dive into. Or catch up on those magazines you haven’t read yet.  And fall asleep. Sleep is the best.

If you do go out on New Year’s Eve, take care of yourself and your health

But, if you do go out that night, there are plenty of ways to stay healthy and safe on New Year’s Eve. If you go to that party, eat before you go. This will help you eat less of that snacky party food. Or add more exercise into your day to help burn off those calories.

Take it easy on the alcohol. Start off the year with respect for yourself and your body. But if you do drink, call a cab please. Or try Uber! Just don’t drive, it’s not worth it.

Start your healthy eating on New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a great time to think about plans for the upcoming year. But why wait until January 1 to get started?

Many of us come up with resolutions and then immediately forget them and then feel guilty. Why do we do that? I’m going to use this New Year’s Eve to think about healthier eating. I’ll use that night to make some healthy snacks like a lighter spinach artichoke dip (low-fat sour cream is the key, my friends) or baked chicken fingers. Maybe I’ll buy some exotic fruit and the family can experiment with new tastes. Durian anyone? Google it.

Start moving more on New Year’s Day

If there is no blizzard in sight, New Year’s Day is a fantastic day to take a walk and enjoy a crisp winter day in Maine. Have you ever walked on the beach in winter? It has its own special beauty. If you have dogs or kids they can run, frolic and jump and pretty much have the beach to themselves. Just don’t go in the water. Just – no.

New Year’s Eve is just another night. Make of it what you will. I will be quietly nesting with my family and pets, thinking about the good times to come. Do what makes you happy and brings you joy. Be safe, be smart, and Happy New Year!

The health educators at the Learning Resource Center are happy to help. They provide trusted & reliable health information and connect people to local resources in the community. Connect with a health educator today! Be well, be well informed.

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