This is my favorite time of year. I love everything about the holidays: decorating, listening to Christmas music, family gatherings, presents, AND the yummy food. But, I know it can also be an immense source of stress. For that reason, I wanted to offer some of my favorite tips to get you through the holidays, sanely!
Here are simple tips for easing up on the Holiday goodies that give you that dreaded bloat and fatigue:
1. Use sugar alternatives. Honey, maple syrup and stevia are much better options than cane sugar. The good news? They go well in brownies, cookies and cakes. Good 'ol Google will help with the ratio of swapping them out for sugar.
2. Try sugar-free gum. When sweet cravings strike or you're looming over the dessert table at grandma's Thanksgiving meal, grab a piece of sugar-free gum. This will keep you occupied and satisfy the need to chew on something.
3. Choose fruits over desserts. Fruits are a sweet and a healthy alternative to desserts. If you feel like having cake or a favorite dessert, then grab some blueberries or another sweet fruit FIRST. Then reach for what you really want. Hopefully by then the natural sugars in the fruit will have helped to curb those cravings AND you'll settle for a small piece of apple pie
4. BREATHE! yes you know the thing you do unconsciously that keeps you alive. However, I'm talking about 1 min deep breathing a day ( breathe in fill up your lungs and breathe out) You can do it in the car while waiting to pick up the kids from school or your in-laws from the airport, while waiting in line at the grocery store, while in bed before dozing off, while washing the dishes, etc... ANY TIME. Simply do it. If you want to do more than 1 min per day, feel free to do so.
I'd like to hear from you. Please let me know in the comments what other topics you'd like me to discuss with you in regards to your health, your mindset, your eating habits, etc...