Here we are, just 2 weeks away from Christmas Day. You are in good company if you find yourself surrounded by friends, food and fun. But, you may also find yourself run ragged, tired, stressed out and feeling out of control. Sound familiar? As we approach “the happiest time of the year”, it can be easy to get off track and fall away from the 80/20 rule, in food and in life! So, to keep yourself balanced here are some practical tips:
- Set boundaries. If you have to attend several functions (social or otherwise), plan to eat well before you go so that you don’t arrive hungry. And, decide which occasions are worth the treat, and which should be avoided.
- Remember that calories from alcohol can add up quickly, and that people tend to make poorer food choices after having a drink or two.
- Stick to the “real foods”. You’ll fare better by sticking to fruit and cheese, and staying away from other hors d’oeuvres that may be fried of cooked with a lot of fat, etc.
- If you’ve been invited to a party or gathering, offer to bring a healthy dish. At least you’ll be sure of one healthy option!
- To manage stress levels, avoid the temptation to load up on caffeine and sugar. The quick rise in blood sugar, and subsequent crash, can make things worse. Many people experience anxiety during the crash, which won’t help you feel more in control.
- Get 8 hours of sleep. Don’t skimp on sleep at this time of year. If you aren’t sleeping well, talk to us about options such as melatonin, inositol, or other herbs.
- B vitamins are especially important at this time of year, as they are used up quickly under stressful conditions. A B-Complex, along with a good multivitamin may be a good idea.
- Herbs such as licorice, eleuthrococcus and ashwaganda are known as adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogens are useful in times of stress, and may be helpful if you are having symptoms such as excessive fatigue, disordered sleep patterns, weight changes and/or difficulty coping with day-to-day stressors. Talk to us if you feel you may need adaptogenic support.
And, finally, remember that the holidays are meant to be a time of celebration and gathering. We wish you you and family peace and joy, and the best of health in 2012.