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5 Healthy Eating Habits to Cultivate Before the Holiday Season

If you get stressed or anxious just at the thought of the holiday season and what it will do to your diet and waist line, you’re not alone.

Weight gain is one of the main causes of stress and anxiety around holiday eating habits, but developing healthy eating habits now will carry you through the holidays and into the new year.

At the New Hampshire Regenerative Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, we offer a range of services designed to manage pain and support your health and well-being throughout the year, including naturopathic medicine and therapeutic massage.

Prepare now to get through the holidays

It’s never too early to start cultivating healthy eating habits, especially with the holiday season approaching. So we’ve put together these tips to help you make mindful choices while still enjoying good food and drinks over the holidays.

Drink plenty of water

Dehydration is a big problem for many people, especially if you enjoy wine or alcoholic beverages. Nearly 80% of American adults suffer from at least mild dehydration. 

In addition to affecting your energy levels (among other negative effects on your health), dehydration can also trick you into thinking that you’re hungry, making you more prone to reach for a sugary snack or a jolt of caffeine. 

Drink enough water to stay hydrated throughout the day, especially if you’re drinking alcohol. Try having a glass of water before every meal and snack.

Budget your meals and snacks

Don’t obsess over every calorie and crumb that you eat, which can actually trigger stress and anxiety that can push you to overeat. Instead, plan your meals ahead of time, especially if you’re going out to dinner or to a party. 

If you know you’re going to have a rich and heavy meal later in the evening, plan to have a light breakfast and lunch to prevent from overloading on calories. 

Keeping track of your daily meals and snacks also makes it easier to cut down on mindless snacking, which can be one of the biggest diet-busters during the holiday season.

Trick your sweet tooth with fruit

We’re not suggesting that you should never indulge in a piece of chocolate cake or that you should white-knuckle your way through the holidays avoiding all sweets. Enjoy the foods you love in moderation.

If sweets are your weakness, though, curb your sugar cravings by eating a piece of fruit, especially during that midday energy slump. In addition to helping you limit the amount of processed sugars and sweets that you eat, fruit also has the benefit of helping you stay hydrated and alert without overloading on caffeine.

Keep lean with greens

Holiday meals tend to be rich in calories as well as ingredients, making it easy to fall off track. Include a side salad or at least one meal heavy on the leafy greens every day.

Don’t starve yourself

Skipping meals or drastically reducing calories can actually cause you to overeat, and it’s also bad for your health. Instead, eat several small meals throughout the day so you never feel hungry, especially when you go out to eat.

For more information on how to stay healthy and active during the holiday season and throughout the year, contact us at New Hampshire Regenerative Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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