Happy Holidays! Let’s declare this a no guilt, going to enjoy to the fullest holiday season. Will I eat more than I should? Probably, but having one day of good food with family and friends is what makes it special. I heard it said to “swerve” don’t “derail.” Indulge and then get back on track. Good advice!
Here are a few other tips for healthy eating during the holidays:
- Eat regular meals – skipping meals can lead to overeating
- Stay hydrated – drink lots of water
- Eat a protein packed snack an hour before your holiday meal
- Your mantra: “Eat the best, leave the rest!”
- No guilt! Enjoy your favorite holiday dishes, in moderation.
- Fill up on salad and fresh vegetables first.
Not only is what we eat important, but our mindset greatly affects our health.
- Gratitude brings us happiness. It also boosts feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions.
- Gratitude reduces anxiety and depression and could be a helpful part of therapy.
- Gratitude is good for our bodies and strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces symptoms of illness, and makes us less bothered by aches and pains. It also encourages us to exercise more and take better care of our health.
- Grateful people get more hours of sleep each night, spend less time awake before falling asleep, and feel more refreshed upon awakening.
However you are celebrating the holidays, I pray it is a time filled with joy, love and gratitude!
Tiffany Smith, CNC, CHWC