Cookies, egg nog, and candy canes galore! If you’re already starting to feel the holiday bulge coming on, here are four tips to ensure you have a happy and healthy Christmas!
- Drink Water – Not Only is water good for the body, it’s necessary for the brain, too! To figure out how much water you should be drinking, divide your body weight in half… that’s how many ounces of water you should drink. And if you’re enjoying some holiday drinks, be sure to drink a glass of water between your libations.
- Eat your vegetables (and fruit, too) –Over half of your dinner plate (or more!) should consist of veggies. This will dramatically reduce the risk of chronic disease like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer & dementia. If you focus on the nutrients, you won’t have to focus on the calories! Think about it, 100 calories worth of strawberries will affect your body differently than a 100 calorie soda. Calories are not created equal, so focus on fueling your body with the right foods and don’t worry about the numbers.
- Don’t Drink all your calories – Juices, frappuccinos, smoothies and sweet teas can all be packed with crazy amounts of calories, dairy creams and added sugars galore. These sugary concoctions have been shown to contribute to chronic diseases including cancer, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Opt for black coffee, plain teas (use stevia or natural fruit to sweeten your beverage).
- Finally – Eat breakfast! – That’s right, a lot of people will skip breakfast and “save their calories” for later… not cool! Your body has been fasting while sleeping so this is your opportunity to break that fast and kickstart your metabolism. If you know you’re having a big holiday meal, try starting the morning with something simple like this PB & J Smoothie (bonus, you can sneak some healthy fruits and veggies into breakfast!)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2c blueberries (or berry of choice)
- 1 handful of kale (or spinach)
- 1c non-dairy milk
- 1T Sunflower Seed butter ($4.99 at Trader Joe’s!)
- 1/4t cinnamon
- Handful of ice cubes
- *optional; stevia to sweeten; pinch of nutmeg (especially at the holidays!)
Put it all in a blender and blend away! Sip and enjoy!