As the holiday season is upon us, it is normal to feel anxious about sticking to your goals while also being tempted by an abundance of treats, sugary drinks, cocktails, and unhealthy food.
Unfortunately, classic holiday treats tend to be packed with sugar, saturated fat, gluten and dairy that can be highly inflammatory. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t enjoy a cookie here or there, but two straight weeks of cookies, eggnog, hot cocoa and alcoholic beverages can wreak havoc on your body and impair your health and weight loss goals! Adhering to a few simple guidelines can help you stay happy and healthy through the holiday season.
Out of sight, out of mind!
Did you know that you are statistically more likely to consume more cookies if they are in plain sight? Try keeping holiday treats somewhere you don’t see them every time you walk in the kitchen – you’ll be less tempted and less likely to indulge multiple times per day!
Get your nutrients in early in the day:
If you are planning on enjoying a decadent holiday meal, it might cross your mind to restrict energy intake earlier in the day in preparation for the main meal. However, this is actually doing yourself a disservice! If you are ravenous when it’s time for the main meal, you are more likely to give in to temptation or overeat. Instead, do your best to eat some nutrient rich fresh food, fiber and protein earlier in the day to balance your blood sugar and hunger levels. That way you will not be as hungry when it’s time for the main meal and you can enjoy yourself in moderation without overindulging.
Don’t let others guilt you into sabotaging your goals!
One of the most difficult parts of sticking to your dietary goals can be the judgement and peer pressure of others. It’s important to remember that it is not rude to decline the dessert table, turn down sugary cocktails, or only have a small to moderate portion of what is being offered at dinner. No need to shame others by pointing out that the meal doesn’t meet your goals. Simply express gratitude for the offer, respectfully decline and move on! Your body will thank you later.
Healthier baking, healthier body!
A great way to enjoy holiday baking but maintain your health and fitness goals is to substitute traditional holiday treats with healthier alternatives that are better for you, but still taste delicious. In fact, these recipes are so tasty that you may not even miss the traditional and less healthier version! Below are some recipes for health-oriented holidays treats for your baking pleasure. Enjoy!
Vegan and Gluten-free German Marzipan Balls
Low Sugar Coconut Almond Macaroon Cookies
Paleo Orange Maple Holiday Cookies
Vegan and Gluten-free Wholesome Holiday Cookies
Sugar Free Hot Cocoa with Cinnamon
Gluten, Grain, Dairy and Sugar Free Hot Cocoa Squares
Gluten, Grain, Dairy, Egg, and Sugar Free No Bake Chocolate Orange Cookies