The Fruitful Life

Holiday Party Survival Guide

Holiday Party Survival Guide

The holidays are a time to enjoy time with family and friends, which often means lots of food and treats. And that’s not always a bad thing! But we all know it can easily become too much of a good thing where eating is concerned. Here are five tips to help you enjoy the holidays in moderation for a happy and healthy celebration!

Don't go hungry.

If you’re really hungry at a party, it will be too easy to have seconds and thirds on fruit cake (whether or not you actually like fruit cake!). Eating a protein-rich snack like an avocado or nuts (or this tasty DIY snack mix!) before a party will help you enjoy the seasonal fare without overdoing it.

Plan your treats.

There’s no end to sugar at the holidays, but too much of it will leave you feeling tired and sluggish (and your immune system run-down). Plan to enjoy a few of your seasonal favorites, then stick to the plan. Looking forward to a peppermint brownie will help you avoid a Christmas cookie binge.

Avoid liquid calories.

Cider, cocoa, and alcoholic beverages abound with extra sugar and calories. And they add up faster than you think! Reduce excessive caloric consumption by choosing water or tea. Or, enjoy your favorite beverage as your “planned treat.”

Take an enzyme.

Even the best intentions can go awry, and your digestive system may regret it later. Avoid this by taking digestive enzymes before, during, or after any holiday meal. For more targeted support of troublesome food groups, take an enzyme specifically designed to help digest gluten or dairy (note: this is not for gluten or dairy allergies).* Bonus tip: Probiotics taken on a daily basis help support your digestive and immune health all season long!*

Have no regrets.

Don’t beat yourself up for going "off your diet" or eating more cookies than you’d planned to. Negativity and self-criticism will only promote further unhealthy choices. Instead, be kind to yourself and be grateful to enjoy the season. “Christmas comes but once a year,” and each day is a new opportunity to make healthy choices!

 

*Content contained in this article is not intended to provide or to constitute medical or healthcare advice. Nor can it be relied upon as preventative care, cure, or treatment for any disease or medical condition. You should consult a qualified healthcare professional for advice regarding the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and before starting any supplementation, nutritional, exercise, or other medical program.


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