The season of sugar is upon us. During the holidays, it seems sweets are everywhere we look. While it may be tempting to ride the sugar wave until spring, our bodies won’t appreciate the constant barrage of extra sugar. Here are some tips to enjoy the holidays while eating less sugar.
Are you more likely to devour a plate of cookies after a stressful day? Most of us are. Finding alternative ways to care for yourself can help you cut back on excess sugary foods.
Stick to the basics: Get enough sleep. Drink enough water. Exercise consistently. Take care of your mental and emotional health. When you focus on caring for your whole body (not just cutting sugar), you’ll have more ability to withstand the temptation of extra sweets.
Although we’d all love to have perfect self-control, most of us don’t have the ability to avoid the warm, velvety chocolate brownies sitting on the kitchen counter. Especially during the holidays, it’s a good idea to keep sweets out of your house. If you decide to make cookies with the kids, pile the extras on a plate and share them with a neighbor.
Try going out for a piece of pie rather than bringing a whole pie home. It may seem more expensive, but there won’t be a second or third piece around to tempt you later. If you do choose to have something sweet, buy a single serving and savor each bite.
Despite the abundance of extra sugar surrounding everything during the holidays, we can make healthy choices! Make a goal to eat less added sugar, be intentional about your commitment and you will be ready to start the new year off on the right foot. Happy Holidays!