The holidays are here! If you know that you struggle with the holidays and staying on track with your nutrition, we wanted to offer some quick tips.
If you always fall victim to gorging yourself with the holiday season, this is the year you can put a stop to it to stay feeling good and go into the new year on the right foot.
Here’s the top tips we have for staying healthy and enjoying your holiday at the same time.
First, start the day the same way you normally would. Don’t skip breakfast and keep it consistent with what you normally eat. If you always have eggs, bacon and arugula, have the same thing for breakfast even when you know that you’ll be having a big holiday dinner or eating out with friends and family. This will provide one piece of consistency in your diet, and when it comes to nutrition, consistency is king.
Second, look for protein in your meal. Many holiday treats and meals are comprised of refined carbohydrates and sugar, but lack much protein. Find the protein and make sure you have it in each and every meal. Protein is important for maintaining and gaining muscle mass. It’s often the hardest thing to get into the diet, so make it a first priority when creating and selecting your meals. You can do this while cooking at home or while eating out.
If you can implement both of these tricks, great! If one seems easier for you to do, pick that one.
Nutrition should be simple, and these strategies will still allow you to enjoy the treats that the holiday season has to offer.
It’s that time of year where temperature are dropping, germs are spreading, and you might be feeling a little under the weather. It’s cold season!
When your immunity is under attack, there’s some simple things you can do to curb your cold when you feel it coming on, end it sooner and feel better faster using the healing properties of food!
First, if you feel a cold coming on, start implementing these guidelines right away and make sure to avoid a few things that naturally cause inflammation in the body like sugar and alcohol. If you’re already in the thick of being sick, avoiding these things will help you feel better soon and allow your immune system to work more efficiently.
Everyone knows that vitamin C is important for supporting your immune system, but one of the most commonly known forms of vitamin C also contains a big dose of sugar. We’re talking about orange juice. Yes, orange juice contains vitamin C naturally, but it also contains a lot of natural sugar called fructose, which can counteract the benefits of vitamin C. Getting vitamin C from broccoli, kale, and cauliflower might be a better source since these vegetables contain lower levels of sugars.
Next, add a few things into your daily routine. Garlic is a go-to immune system support due to the allicin it contains which is an antioxidant that is both antibacterial and antiviral. Raw garlic is the best way to get the benefits of allicin, but adding it to food sources any way you can is helpful.
Echinacea is a flowering plant that is often used in tea and contains antioxidants, as well as immune-supporting and anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoying a cup of warm tea a few times of day is both supportive of healing your cold while being comforting at the same time.
What’s your go-to cold support that you rely on every year?