As we begin the season of holiday parties we enter the Season of Temptation!
Rich foods, too much alcohol (for some), desserts, late nights, rushing around getting shopping done, the list is endless.
Did you know the average person gains 5lbs over the holidays? Over a 10 year period that is 50 lbs gained just over the Christmas season alone! Think about that for a minute!
Here are some ways to help you manage temptations, some healthy food & beverage alternatives and a few stress busting tips:
- DO NOT SKIP BREAKFAST AND LUNCH – make sure you have a protein packed breakfast and lunch that day, don’t starve yourself so you can indulge at the buffet. You are sure to make unhealthy choices as you load up everything on your plate. Speaking of plates, choose a smaller sized salad plate as opposed to a full sized dinner plate when at the buffet!. You will eat less.
- AVOID buffet items like mini sausages, meatballs, anything deep fried, and cream dips. Instead choose devilled eggs, raw veggies with hummus /yogurt dip, green salad, turkey meat with steamed veggies.
- GO LIGHT ON THE DESSERTS – sugar is quick to digest so leave lots of time after your meal before you eat dessert to avoid that bloated, uncomfortable feeling. When you do have dessert a healthier choice would be fruit, dark chocolate or a cookie.
- FOLLOW THE 1:1 RULE: for every alcoholic beverage drink 1 glass of water with lemon. This will help the liver process alcohol and sugars and keep the body hydrated. Alcohol typically has 7 calories/gram, it spikes your blood sugar and is dehydrating to the body. Avoid pretty colored drinks and stick to clear fluids. Swap beer for red or white wine with club soda.
- KEEP SNACKS WITH YOU ON THE GO: while out running to & fro, keep fresh fruit on hand (apple, pear), almonds, protein bars and WATER! Stay hydrated!
- If you must stop at fast food places during your fast paced travels this holiday season, choose salads –go heavy on the veggies and easy on the dressing, grilled chicken on whole grain breads or pita, breakfast sandwiches with egg only on whole grain english muffin. Your heart and waist will thank you!
- It’s no secret that STRESS impairs the immune system. It is VITAL to your well being to boost your immune system and manage stress effectively! Eat healthy, take Vitamin C & Probiotics regularly.
- Take time for yourself during the busy holiday season – even 30 minutes a day to read, have a bath, go for a walk in nature.
Above all give thanks for all the blessings we have in our lives, it will boost your immune system!
As always consult your healthcare provider before taking any herbal supplements.