Strategies for Surviving the Holiday Season

Strategies for Surviving the Holiday Season!

At this time of year ,it’s easy to consume many rich and caloric foods because “that’s what you do during the holidays”!  It’s also possible to enjoy highly flavourful and satisfying foods that are nutrient dense, providing our bodies what they need in the process.

•Seek out whole foods providing high nutrition via energy from complex carbohydrates (i.e. whole grains, vegetables and fruit, lean protein, legumes) that keep blood sugar in check, rather than from a poor source of energy with high caloric content that contributes to increased blood sugar

• Eat smaller meals throughout the day, instead of “saving yourself” for a large/heavy meal (easier on your digestive system and reduces likelihood of gas and bloating)

•Aim to consume water between meals, as opposed to during meals (water can dilute digestive juices, slowing/inhibiting digestion)

• Aim to contribute a healthy dish when visiting others, or when hosting others (it then becomes something you know can snack on without hesitation)

• Be cautious with “creamy” ingredients (i.e. use raw cashews to attain a creamy effect with high nutritional value)

• Ensure you are consuming dietary fiber (i.e. whole grains, fruit, vegetables, legumes) to keep the digestive system regular during what can become atypical eating patterns/habits

• Balance“acid forming” foods (sugar, alcohol, meat, cheese) with “alkaline forming”

foods (i.e. lemon and dark, leafy greens)

• Keep an eye on portion sizes

• Pre eat before an event (something with protein and vegetables to stabilize blood sugar  levels) to reduce the likelihood of overeating at the event

• Take time to enjoy the food, so as to eat less and avoid feeling bloated and uncomfortable