November is upon us, which means one thing: it's holiday season!
While the holidays are a time to enjoy spending time with our loved ones, it can also be a time of stress for those trying to cut down on unhealthy food.
After all, if your Aunt Maeve offers you a piece of her decadent pumpkin pie, who are you to say no?!
Well, I'm here to offer a few tips and tricks to anyone out there trying to stay healthier during the holidays.
1) Keep up with your greens! Hopefully most of the places you'll be attending during the holidays will have some green veggies or salad. Make that be 1/4 to 1/2 of your plate so that it leaves less room for unhealthier items. By eating greens you'll be getting phytonutrients, plenty of fiber, and even some hydration to keep you feeling your best.
2) Bring healthy snacks while traveling. Since Thanksgiving and Christmas yield some of the busiest times of the year, it can be easy to have to stop for that unhealthy meal, or need a quick energy pick me up (I'm looking at you, Starbucks double mocha frapp!) However, if you can arm yourself with healthy snacks during travel times, you'll be less inclined to overeat where you get where you're going and less likely to stop and get that fast food as well. This can mean homemade trail mix, bananas, apples, healthy bars, or protein shakes.
3) Stay hydrated! This means your water intake should be greater than your caffeine/alcohol consumption. Having a glass of water first thing in the morning can help get you hydrated and stimulate your digestion right when you wake up. Bringing a water bottle in the car, or carrying one around can bring it more to your attention to keep that hydration going, which will decrease headaches, dry skin, and brain fog. Research has also shown that you are more likely to overeat if you are thirsty, so quench that thirst early my friends!
4) Limit your sugar. This can be a tough one as the holidays are very tempting! However, if you are aware of the decadence you will enjoy that day, you're more likely to eat it slowly, and truly enjoy it rather than mindlessly eating and then feeling the sugar crash afterwards. It can be helpful to pick when you'll have dessert, such as after dinner, and sticking to it. That way, when the sugary drink or after brunch delicacy is dangled in front of you, you have something that you're holding out for rather than eating all of it!
5) Be kind to yourself. Remember, it's the holidays for goodness sake! Many people will reach for sugary or unhealthy food during times of stress, so managing your own stress and emotions will help to decrease cravings as well. Keep in mind that we are promoting progress, not perfection. If you slip up one day, that's okay! Stay proud of the fact that you are actively working toward your goals and it's okay to slip up every now and again.
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