Fortunately, it is possible to make healthy choices, maintain a healthy weight and stay energized throughout the holiday season.
Next, if you want to have enough energy to enjoy the festivities then eat less sugar. Overindulging in added sugar can cause sleepiness, lightheadedness, and digestive upset, particularly nausea, diarrhea, gas, and bloating soon after eating. Plus, too much added sugar over a period of time leads to elevated blood sugar, insulin resistance, obesity, fatty liver, chronic inflammation and an imbalance of gut bacteria, in part because harmful gut microbes love sugar.
If you need help reducing your sugar intake then I suggest you visit an earlier post, "How You Can Avoid Eating Too Much Added Sugar."
Additionally, here are a few tips for reducing your sugar in holiday desserts:
- Add only half to three quarters of the amount of sugar called for in recipes. (Most recipes call for more sugar than needed.)
- Use vanilla or almond flavoring, cinnamon, nutmeg or all spice in place of adding sugar. (Try this in your coffee for starters.)
- Add dried or chopped fruit, like apricots, cherries, ripe banana, apples or pears for added sweetness instead of sugar. (Check out this recipe for no sugar added oatmeal cookies).
- Replace frosting on cupcakes with a dusting of powdered sugar or cocoa powder.
- Add dried fruit puree or baby food in place of some of the sugar and fat in soft, chewy desserts.
Finally, get moving! If you have a sedentary job then I encourage you to review the post “Walking (or Standing) More Will Keep You Healthy."