The holiday season feels like a season of indulgence as friends and family gather to eat, drink and be merry!
Many of us have tendencies to get carried away by all the deliciousness surrounding us at this time of year. Over-indulging can leave us feeling heavy, bloated and uncomfortable in our New Year’s Eve party dress. Studies show the average person gains around one pound or so during the holiday season. And the studies also show we don’t do a very good job of losing that weight once the holidays have ended. Year after year, this weight accumulates.
Whether you are hosting or attending the holiday party this year, here are three key tips to help make this your healthiest holiday season yet!
Bring a Healthy Dish
It’s always nice to have delicious and healthy options to choose from in the food department. If you are the host, prepare something that your guests won’t feel guilty about. If you are a guest, offer to contribute a healthy dish. This way you always know there will be at least one nourishing and healthy option on the menu.
If you want to feel your best throughout the festivities (inside and out), then portion control is critical. Opt for a small plate instead of a large one. Fill it with the foods you love and savour one serving. Keep in mind that your stomach is much smaller than the size of a large dinner plate, so if you do help yourself to two servings all of your energy for the evening will be focused on digestion! That explains the dreaded ‘food coma’! Portion control will help keep your blood sugar level steady which will help prevent energy dips, weight gain and will keep you feeling fabulous throughout the holiday season.
Rock Some Chlorella Tablets
One thing I love to keep on hand throughout the holidays are chlorella tablets. Chlorella is an algae that is super rich in blood cleansing chlorophyll (as seen by by its gorgeously green colouring). It is helpful in supporting liver detoxification and is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Chlorella also helps to support our immune systems which is important because this can be a very stressful time of year.
Although not confirmed, taking chlorella before and after drinking alcohol can help negate the effects of a hangover. Woot!
Wherever the holidays may bring you this year, be sure to nourish yourself with good food and good people. Stay hydrated, rest properly when you can (put that phone down), and enjoy it all as much as possible.
How do you stay healthy during the holidays? Hit us up in the comments with all your suggestions!
Danielle is a certified nutritional practitioner and lifestyle coach. She encourages stress-free living in and out of the kitchen in support of healthy adrenals and hormones. Danielle is on a mission to make adapting a healthy and vibrant lifestyle as simply as possible.