What is your favorite part of the holidays? Some will say the presents. Others will say the giving spirit. My personal favorite are the scrumptious foods and treats. Santa themed cookies. Cute gumball gingerbread men. Christmas tree truffles. There are so many mouthwatering goodies that will delight your taste-buds. It’s almost to much to take in at times.
After a couple dozen holiday parties filled with tables of endless treats, you might start to feel like this guy:
To find a little balance this holiday season and kick diabetes to the curb, consider these tips to stay healthy.
When consuming sugary treats, keep portion sizes in check. If you are faced with an irresistible table full of sweets, try a sampling method. Instead of consuming the whole treat, eat only half of it and then move onto the next.
Reduce added sugar and replace it with healthier alternatives like vanilla or cinnamon. By doing this you can reduce the sugar in a recipe by ⅓ to ¼ the needed amount, while still getting a tasty treat.
Schedule your time. Doing this will allow you to perform the activities needed, but also give you some downtime to relax and de-stress.
Stay nourished. Instead of saving your appetite for the late lunch, be sure to eat a full breakfast and snack in between long waiting periods. This will encourage you to eat less when it comes time for the real deal.
Be aware of drinks. The calories can add up when it comes to those fancy holiday sugary drinks.
Focus on eating. By eating at the table, instead of by the TV, you will be less distracted and more cognizant of your plate. This will also let you focus on eating slower, which will give your brain more time to feel full.
Keep up with exercise. It’s very easy around this time of year to slack off on fitness. Dedicating even 10-20 minutes will help maintain your body.
Here are a few holiday recipes to fill your stomach and keep you healthy.