Between Holiday parties, cookie exchanges, and gatherings with friends and family, it’s easy to pack away heaps more calories leaving you feeling jolly, and perhaps, ‘jiggly’. No need to fret, here are some Healthful Holiday tips that will have you enjoying all the tidings of the season.
- When baking, replace refined sugar with coconut sugar, it’s lower on the glycemic index and has all it’s minerals still in tact. It replaces sugar in a 1:1 ratio, and has a delicious burnt caramel taste. If a recipe calls for molasses, you might want to try yacon syrup in small quantities (a little goes a long way). Up to 50% is made up of fructooligosaccharide, a pre-biotic fiber that passes through intestinal system and assists the good bacteria, improving gut health. Plus, a study showed that it can actually help with weight loss!
- Drink water! You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water. And sometime during the holidays, those ounces can be replaced with alcoholic ounces! Have a glass of sparkly water between alcoholic beverages. Avoid high calorie beverages such as fruity martinis/cocktails and creamed liquors which can add a whopping extra 300 calories to the mix!
- In you are going to indulge, take your chlorella! Chlorella helps to balance blood sugar levels and detox your liver. Plus, a Japanese study showed that those who supplemented with chlorella before and after a night of drinking reduced their incidence of hang-overs by 96%!
- Fill a plate once and eat what’s on your plate. This creates awareness of what you’re actually eating, and in what quantities, vs. just nibbling here and there. When we pick unconsciously, we can consume double the amount of calories. Fill your plate with veggies, whole grain crackers, hummus and lean proteins, which will fill you up with without all the calories.