(BPT) - You\u2019re all too familiar with that one, dreaded moment when the festivities end. It hits you every year like a bad hangover. You promise\r\n\r\nyourself that once the last sip of eggnog has been guzzled and the cookie jar has been emptied, you\u2019ll get healthy.\r\n\r\nBut what does healthy mean? We\u2019re bombarded with visions of steel abdominal muscles and gazelle-\r\n\r\nlike limbs. For most people, however, achieving health can\u2019t be reduced to a lower health club membership\r\n\r\ndeal or a dieting pill. Rather, the road to health is a lifelong journey\r\n\r\nencompassing mind, body and spirit.\r\n\r\nThat said, there are manageable steps you can take in your daily life to experience and sustain a healthier,\r\n\r\nbalanced lifestyle. Popcorn, low in calories and high in fiber, whole grains and antioxidants, can help. One of the oldest and most beloved snacks for any age, popcorn is also a treat to lift the spirit.\r\n\r\n\u201cPopcorn is a classic American symbol of families joining together,\u201d\r\n\r\nsays Garrett Smith, president of Jolly Time Pop Corn. \u201cWe\u2019ve been a family owned business for nearly 100 years, and as dieting trends go in and out, we\u2019ve remained true to our wholesome values and wishing our consumers the entire equation: family,\r\n\r\nfun and moderation.\u201d\r\n\r\nEarlier this year, Jolly Time Pop Corn conducted a campaign asking fans for advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle in celebration of its new popcorn made with the Smart Balance blend of oils, which contains\r\n\r\nzero grams of trans fat naturally\r\n\r\nand no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Here are the most popular tips submitted:\r\n\r\n\u2022 Everything in moderation - Rather\r\n\r\nthan swing between extremes, try to get into an easy routine and listen to your body. Be active, but also know when to rest. Eat healthy foods, but allow yourself the occasional\r\n\r\nindulgence.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Walk daily - Walking burns calories without putting strain on joints. A nice long walk also allows for some quiet time to process your emotions and events of the day.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Floss your teeth - Flossing your teeth prevents plague, which creates a toxin that your body has to work hard to fight, ultimately freeing up your immune system to fight other ailments.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Eat a variety of fruits and veggies - Fruits and veggies provide essential\r\n\r\nvitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients to keep people healthy. Studies have also linked eating more produce with improved mood.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Drink water - You should drink eight glasses of water per day to stay hydrated, keeping the gears of your body detoxified and in motion.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Whole grains - Dietary fiber from whole grains or other foods may help reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. And whole grain foods such as popcorn,\r\n\r\nbrown rice, whole-wheat pasta and cereals help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhile it\u2019s very important to eat well and exercise, being healthy doesn\u2019t have to mean pushing ourselves\r\n\r\nto physical extremes,\u201d says Amy Fischl, a registered dietitian at the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center. \u201cThere are simple, moderate things we can do to engage our mind, body and spirit, and improve\r\n\r\noverall health.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo learn more about healthy, satisfying\r\n\r\nsnacking with popcorn during the holidays, and to access exclusive recipes and features, visit www.jollytime.\r\n\r\ncom.