A guide to a healthy, happy, holiday season: Part 2
The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year for most. Friendsgivings, work potlucks, ugly Christmas sweater parties, and all of the other events leading up to the big days celebrated with beloved family and friends. As we’re preparing for all of the fun-filled activities, it’s easy to sabotage our health goals by indulging in all of the intriguing goodies the season has to offer. Not only can this add on a couple of unwanted pounds by the time the new year rings in, but it can also bring our energy levels and motivation down. It’s true, we’re going to face some delicious temptations in the upcoming weeks. Let’s prepare our bodies in a few simple ways. We can start by reducing carbohydrate intake and incorporating more protein and healthy fats (check out our next blog article for the protein and healthy fats tips!).
Rather than doing too much too fast, let’s start with taking something out. Cutting carbs is one of the most popular and effective ways we have found to transform our bodies. I know it seems impossible but I promise, it’s easier than it sounds. I don’t want to talk about starting a whole new diet during the holiday season (that would be madness). However, there are small adjustments we can make to our eating habits which will allow us to maintain our weight and keep our energy levels at bay.
Bread, pasta, sugary drinks (soda, fruit juice, cappuccinos, etc.), and sweet snacks such as candy and cookies are all examples of carbs we should avoid. Try some of these substitutions for some of your favorite snacks or meals. Maybe you could even try making this low carb recipe for one of your holiday parties!
- Instead of bread for hamburgers and subs, try a lettuce wrap or make a bowl
- Instead of pasta with your tomato sauce, try spaghetti squash or zoodles
- Instead of soda pop, try club soda with a lime/lemon or flavored sparkling water
- Instead of a cappuccino, try a coffee with a splash of coconut milk and cinnamon
- Instead of instant rice with your stir fry, try a bag of frozen cauliflower rice
- Instead of candy/cookies, try a piece of dark chocolate or dried fruit