The holiday season is just around the corner and what always seems to be associated with it is plenty of food, gatherings, friend and family dinners, and quite frankly, a ton of calories. So, how are you to maintain a balanced diet while still being able to enjoy yourself and say yes to every piece of your grandma’s famous Christmas cake? Here are a few tips to help you out.
Accept the holidays for what they are: a special time of the year when you’re surrounded by your favorite people and you’re enjoying foods you normally don’t have the opportunity to throughout the rest of the year. The less you stress about it, the better will your body digest food, even the one that isn’t necessarily the healthiest choice.
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The more you enjoy it, the less likely you are to succumb to restricting certain foods or avoid a second helping of that delicious pumpkin pie. And when there is no anxiety and stress around food, your body will naturally crave more fruits and vegetables around these holiday gatherings. You are what you eat, but your body is well aware of its nutrient needs. It’s about listening to your body and allowing it to rest and relax.
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What you do every day counts more in the long run, so focus on supplying your body with the necessary nutrients year-round so that it’s better equipped at digesting heavier and sugar-rich foods around the holidays.
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Additionally, taking supplements like probiotics and digestive enzymes can help improve the breakdown of food, enhance nutrient absorption, and help replenish your gut microbiome with beneficial bacteria that nourish your gut and strengthen your immune system.
That being said, before starting a new supplement, it’s always important to consult with your doctor. Even more so, if you’re already dealing with a health condition or taking medications that might interact with the supplements you’re interested in taking.
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Whether you go for a long walk, hop on your bike and pedal around your hometown, go for a run, or stretch it out with a sweaty yoga session, it doesn’t matter. The most important thing is to simply move your body. Your diet and movement have to go hand in hand for you to be able to sustain a healthy lifestyle, so find the activity you like doing and stay consistent.
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There’s no pressure in saying yes to certain things or having to attend every single holiday dinner. Seeing family and all of your friends can sometimes be a lot. So give yourself the opportunity to say no and stick to your usual routine.
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Holidays can be stressful, but they are also supposed to be joyous and relaxing. Focus on the positives and sneak in some self-care whenever you get the chance!