It’s that time of year – the holidays will soon be upon us. Holidays are a time of celebration, a time set aside to spend with friends and family, a time to appreciate and enjoy each other. Who doesn’t love the festivities, decorations, parties and connection with the special people in their lives?
Multi-Generational Hanukkah Celebration
Fall and winter holidays begin with Halloween and Thanksgiving and continue through New Year’s Day. In between are Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Solstice and Kwanzaa, celebrated in varying degrees throughout the Western world. Most of us have strong food-related associations with the holidays - Halloween candy, Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas cookies to name a few. But have you ever really thought about the ingredients in these foods? White flour, refined sugar, saturated fat, hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, preservatives – there’s very little real food in most of those traditional holiday dishes.
Traditional Christmas Family Dinner
Many people have found that enjoying “forbidden” foods in moderation is a healthy approach to eating. Balance is key. But those who decide they want (or need) to stay strong and true to their healthy eating commitment may be challenged when surrounded by the aromas and tastes that remind them of past holidays. It can seem impossible to resist those holiday treats laden with unhealthy ingredients even though they will do nothing to enhance your health. The consequences of overeating unhealthy foods ranges from clogging arteries, raising blood sugar, expanding waistlines and leaving people feeling sluggish, bloated and foggy-headed.
There is another way besides succumbing to empty calories and non-nutritious foods. Rather than giving in to temptation or depriving yourself of tasty foods, you can learn to recreate your favorite holiday meals in ways that are delicious, nutritious, fun and easy to make. Here at Litehouse Foods we encourage you to consider the following healthy eating strategies during the holiday season:
- Resist the temptation of refined foods.
- Satisfy your desire for traditional favorites made using lighter, healthier ingredients.
- Don’t skip meals – people often consume more calories because they are overly hungry, crabby and tired.
- Eat small amounts of the foods you crave.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Plan ahead to exercise.
- Eat foods that give you life, joy and energy.
- Experience the joy of eating delicious whole foods.
Happy, Healthy Holiday Dinner
What are your favorite strategies to help resist the temptation of over-indulging during the holiday season?