The Holidays are coming quickly and the celebrations are well under way! It’s wonderful to get together with family and friends, co-workers and others and to have actual time to talk and enjoy one another. With the festivities comes all the treats filled with sugar and high-glycemic carbs as in cookies, chocolates and pastries which are all so delightful!
With all these wonderful treats they can create Blood Sugar imbalances which can often be the downfall to our health. This often is what works against our thyroid and our adrenals that can contribute to the symptoms of autoimmune disorders and possible weight gain. Blood Sugar imbalances can leave you feeling just plain depressed, sick and tired!
A balanced blood sugar level is critical in maintaining your energy. Just one of the things that happens when it gets out of balance is our adrenals send out hormones to help get us back into balance which often end up stressing and depleting our body. That’s why feel so drained when we eat too much sugar and simple carbs. Our body has to work hard to get back in balance.
Now how do we do this in the time of celebration with such sweet temptations? Here are some key things you can do.
- Start out your day eating a high protein, low-carb breakfast. That means having eggs, fish, nuts, chicken and the such with perhaps a small cup of hot oatmeal or one slice of toast. Adding a veggie or fruit like berries or having a green smoothie is also great. There are high protein powders or nuts you can add to a smoothie to make for good blood sugar balance.
- When you are going to attend a party eat BEFORE you go following the same principles as for breakfast. It doesn’t have to be a full dinner but eat a boiled egg, a chicken leg or what I like is some smoked salmon with some cooked vegetables. That way you’re sure to not binge on the sweets that will make you feel depleted of energy, congest your sinuses, give you the jitters or have any other reaction.
- See what you can pick out on the buffet that IS healthy. Are there any veggies? Are there any berries? Maybe a nice cheese if you aren’t dairy-free. Allow yourself some treats but set yourself a limit and stick to it!
When there’s a lot to do for the Holidays pace yourself or get some help shopping and cooking if you can. Staying healthy to enjoy them is what I’m sure you want. Let this be your best Holiday yet, by taking care of yourself!
God bless you and your families. May your celebrations be filled with love, light and the hope of the Christmas message!
If you have any questions, I’m glad to answer. My contact info is below.
Blessings to you all,
Kathleen Flanders, CHHC, AADP, CRTS