The holiday season brings many challenges and trying to stay healthy is one that should be a priority.
The Christmas season ushers in a feast of cakes, ham, candies, and every other type of treat. These are often available in parties or are given to you as a gift. You might as well expect your fridge to be packed with all these things that when you’re hungry, it gets harder to turn these down.
When you’ve totally let go of all your inhibitions, you end up munching on them the entire day. This is when breakfast comes in handy because it’s easier to stay true to your resolve when you don’t feel deprived. Remember, the road to becoming healthy doesn’t have to be boring. You don’t have to equate this lifestyle with tasteless treats. In fact, it’s a matter of being inventive so you can feel better, and more importantly, feel satisfied.
You should make your first meal of the day, breakfast, your most important. You can go for a hearty breakfast and make it appetizing by adding healthy sweets. A good example would be fruits. You can even throw some yogurt into the mix and make yourself a creamy, guiltless smoothie. You’ll see that as you go through the day, you won’t feel so tortured because you know you have something in your stomach. The best part is that you’ve just prepared yourself with something that’s packed with all the vitamins and nutrients you’ll need to feel great and light. It’s harder to move when you feel heavy. If you need to stuff yourself, go for something that actually does some good.
Try to eat more greens as well. If you know that you’re headed to a party, you can grant yourself some leeway when you hit the buffet table. Just think of the color theme for the yuletide season. Green is there and it’s time to keep that in mind. You can even help yourself establish that mindset by decorating your home with fresh greens that you can actually eat. Get salad recipes that incorporate dressings that taste good but with zero the calories. You’ll be surprised at just how many great ideas you can find if you put in the research. When trying to stay healthy it is time to be creative and try different things like cooking with herbs instead of a lot of salt.
If you still feel hungry in the middle of the day, you can snack on nuts. You might be on vacation, vegging out in front of the TV. This is when your hand gets tempted to reach out for something. Stop yourself when you reach out for that bag of chips. Instead, go for nuts. Not only are these addictive, but these are also high on protein and low on sugar. Nibble on the toasted kind and you’ll see that you won’t feel stuffed when you do and they are a great addition to your diet when you are trying to stay healthy.
The last tip is to keep alcohol at a minimum. During those family gatherings or parties with friends, try to hold the glass for as long as you can. Not only does drinking stimulate appetite, but you can overindulge and become more prone to accidents. Try to alternate drinking alcohol beverages with a glass of water to help decrease your risk of becoming intoxicated and it will decrease the number of calories you consume.
Staying healthy during the holidays just takes a little common sense and motivation.