Due to the abundance of Christmas delights and delicious foods, we frequently tend to stray from our healthy lives over the holiday season and attempt to pack in extra calories in the wrong areas. But indulging in these foods is not only bad for us, but it also causes us to gain more weight over the holidays, which we then must work extra hard to lose in January.
Keeping an eye on the foods and beverages you consume over the holidays is one of the most important things to try to stick to; this way, you won’t have to start the new year with extra weight to lose or have it impact your current progress.
The fact that we put in such a lot of effort all year and then are so eager to abandon it around the holidays causes additional stress on the body and mind. While we want to be able to have fun, we don’t have to deprive ourselves in order to do so. It takes skill to stay healthy during the holiday season, so we’d like to offer you a few pointers to assist you to avoid turning the season into an extended binge.
Try to stay active
Once you can take a step back from the daily grind and relax, it might be very tempting to sit around and watch TV or simply lounge about all day since you don’t have to get up so early to get to work and beat the rush. With such wonderful summer weather in December, it’s simple to stay active, get everyone outside, go for a walk, or play classic games like kicking the ball around or even a round of Swingball. After engaging in everyday sun activities, you’ll feel better and have more energy.
Grab some additional vitamin B
Additionally, alcohol depletes your B vitamins, which are crucial for the metabolism of alcohol and helps the body turn food into energy. When taken as a supplement, a vitamin B complex helps replace these vital minerals, supporting overall vitality during these hectic periods.
Don’t go out hungry
It’s wise to avoid arriving for a gathering on an empty stomach. You can assist maintain that feeling of fullness and avoid nibbling on too many high-fat, salty foods by having a little snack beforehand (preferably something on the low GI index that digests slowly). Drinking some water beforehand will also help keep you hydrated and full.
We tend to drink a little bit more during the holidays as there is more alcohol available than normal due to all the Christmas parties and year-end events. Try to keep an eye on your alcohol consumption and replace it with water or low-sugar soft drinks. You’ll thank yourself the next morning if you can match your drinks drink for drink with water!
Avoid the stuffing
Avoid trying to stuff yourself. Instead of going overboard with the extra slice of turkey or the sides during a meal, try to keep moderate portions. Our eyes are typically larger than our stomachs, and more often than not we realize after a while that we have had enough food without overindulging. Listening to what your body says is essential, after all, it knows itself well.
Avoid the table
Avoid standing too close to the table where the spread of food is when you are at a party or event. You’ll be less likely to pick at the different snacks or foods this way.
Pick the healthy stuff
Always choose a nutritious snack in between meals. This not only helps keeping you feeling full, but also gives you energy and lessens cravings. Making a few minor changes will help you out during the holidays such as using a low-calorie sweetener instead of sugar or offering to take dessert to a function and make a chocolate mousse that is low in sugar and calories.
Consider a probiotic
Our digestive system is one of the parts of our bodies that suffer the most over the holidays. We need to give our digestive systems a little additional care as we often overindulge in fatty foods and alcohol. To help your digestive system perform at its best over the holidays, think about taking a probiotic supplement to boost that healthy gut flora.
Don’t skip on meals
Skipping meals can cause you to overeat later in the day and make you seek high-carb and sugary foods. And yes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day as a high-protein breakfast sets you up for the day. If you are not big on breakfast, grab if it’s a protein shake or make a smoothie, and then follow it up with a balanced snack in between meals.
Going with the flow when it comes to food is one of the worst things we can do over the holidays. It is a path to overindulgence. You can still prepare your meals for the coming week, which will help you keep organized and better prepared for the turmoil of the holidays as well as help you to stay focused.
Don’t forget your water
Water is essential. Although water can be monotonous, we need to stay hydrated. To switch up the taste of our water, we can add low-calorie and sugar-free water enhancers or swap between sparkling and soda water. Avoid drinking sugary beverages, such as iced tea and fruit juices, as these include empty calories that can equal the calories in a balanced meal.
Most importantly, make time for yourself.
There is a lot going on over the holidays, which can make us feel a little overwhelmed. After the strains of the year, take some time to unwind and relax. Read a great book, have a massage, and get some sleep. You should treat yourself a little as you deserve it.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and for those celebrating the joys of Christmas, we wish you and your families and wonderful Christmas with many joyful memories.