'Tis the Season to over-indulging, blood-sugar roller coaster rides, stress, and partying with a lot of viruses! It is a sure cocktail to feeling a little blue and bulgy. The good news is there are some strategies to help get you through the holidays.
Drink plenty of water. Yes, water. Not just wine, cocktails, juice, coffee, tea, or other beverages. Water helps you to feel fuller and is the only drink that hydrates your body. This is also beneficial because winter tends to be very drying due to our heated homes. Try to drink some water at least every 2 hours.
Have a healthy light snack before going out to dinner. Eat some fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, or seeds to partially fill your tummy with some nutrient dense food so you won't over eat on things that are less healthy.
Eat Less. Watch your portion size when filling your plate. Intentionally leave some space on your plate and don't go back for seconds. Your body will thank you for this.
Eat Slow. Take your time eating and savor the flavor of each bite. It will take you as long to finish your plate as those who filled it full and went back for seconds. You'll leave the table with a smile on your face and your belt will still be on the right notch.
Go easy on the alcohol. Alcohol is loaded with calories and is taxing on your liver and immune system. Enjoy your holiday spirits, but in moderation.
Eat a lot fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are packed with all the ingredients (phytonutrients) that you need to nourish a healthy body. By eating lot of fresh, raw fruits and veggies you are giving you immune system the boost your body needs this time of year. The research is out there that fruits and vegetables trump vitamins and even medicine for a healthy foundation... Hypocrates was so brilliant in saying, "Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food." Eat your medicine this season to stay well.
Exercise. Don't forget to exercise. Even if you have to drag yourself out for a cold walk around the neighborhood, make sure you move your body and sweat every day. Not only will it burn calories, improve your health, strengthen your muscles, but it just feels refreshing! And, it takes away the guilt of eating those holiday treats!
Have a great holiday season! Cheers!