Fit & Festive Holiday: Eating For Energy
Can you believe the holidays are HERE?
Seems like it wasn’t that long ago we were picking up wrapping paper, and wishing we hadn’t drunk so much eggnog. #memberberries
I don’t know about you, but when I get in the flow of the holidays, the WHOLE season will slip right past me and I won’t have even stopped to enjoy it. =( This same phenomenon is one of the main reasons we “wake up” January 1st with regret, because we sincerely meant to make this holiday season different than the last. Not this year, Christy — this year, I’m here to help you in being proactive and keeping your health and happiness for yourself (and your loved ones) at the forefront of your mind this year.
Eating For Energy
The holiday season tends to be a little more stressful, action-packed and tiring than the rest of the year, leaving energy levels low and the need for an extra boost of energy several times a day. Sugar and caffeine are characteristically the go-to’s for that all too familiar needed boost.
If you’re being honest with yourself, what is your classic go-to when you’re feeling low on energy and need a pick me up?
Lack of energy is also a result of all the food we pack into this season. After all, we have waited patiently all year to have Grandma’s famous holiday treats. With a few tweaks and tips, it is possible to get through this season in one piece. Actually, it’s quite feasible to get through it healthy and happy, too!
Here are 10 ways to combat those sugarplums dancing in your head:
- Keep a snack bag full of raw nuts in your purse for when hunger strikes. They’re full of healthy nutrients to keep you satisfied, lowering the risk of being tempted to pop through a drive-thru window for a quick bite.
- Don’t be afraid to treat yourself. The “all or nothing” mindset can get you in big trouble this time of year. Make healthy choices, and don’t beat yourself up over a slice of pumpkin pie.
- Going out to a party? Bring your favorite healthy dish to add to the spread. In this case, you know there’s something there that you can munch on without regret.
- Scope out your options before filling your plate. This helps you avoid piling everything that “looks good” on your plate and helps you make more mindful decisions instead.
- Sleep! Get adequate amounts of sleep to keep your energy at a healthy level.
- If you’ve already treated yourself and still have a sweet tooth, reach for the organic dark chocolate or another more healthy alternative.
- Make sure your daily water intake is keeping you hydrated. Staying hydrated will help combat stress, boost your immune system to fight those nasty germs off, and keep the cravings at bay.
- Look up some healthy alternatives for your favorite comfort foods. This is the time of year when we tend to reach for those comfort foods more than usual — and now you can do so without guilt or regret!
- Practice deep breathing. Take a deep breath, hold it for five seconds, and release. Do this several times a day to give yourself a natural boost of energy.
- Make sure you are starting your day with a healthy, hearty breakfast. Fueling yourself with healthy foods will keep your energy levels going throughout the day.
What are three things you can make an effort to do this week to maintain healthy energy levels?