The holiday season is over, and most of us are in a bit of recovery from that hectic but enjoyable time of the year. Unfortunately, many of us are recovering from the massive amount of food, drink, and other goodies we consumed over the holidays. Eating healthy has been severe enough during quarantine times because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but add to that the usual holiday indulgence. Many of us find our bodies in rough shape after the new year. In this blog, we will discuss what went wrong during the holidays, how we can transition back to healthy eating habits, and how to continue with a healthy eating plan daily.
Why the Holidays Ruin Most Diets
Many people from Thanksgiving through New Years’ utter the cliche, “Well, there goes my diet!” as they dive into their second piece of pumpkin pie for the fourth day in a row. Unfortunately, cliches often become cliches because they are right. There are several bad habits that people tend to fall into around the holidays that can eventually threaten their health if not dealt with when the festivities are over.
On a regular day-to-day basis, most of us plan our meals, pack only so much in our lunchbox, and have the ability to decline second helpings at dinner. However, when you are together with family and friends and presented with a beautiful table full of food, it can be tough not to overindulge. On a typical night during the year, we generally have only a few food items to partake. During holiday festivities, we’re tempted by two to three times the number of delicious foods. In most instances, just taking a sampling of each item will fill an oversized plate. And of course, once you have cleaned your plate, there will be at least one or two items that deserve a second helping.
Lack of Fruits and Vegetables
The holidays usually come with an abundance of meats and comfort foods. Fruits and vegetables seem to be an afterthought on many tables. Not only do we consume far more meat, sauces, and starches than usual, but we also tend to neglect the fruits and vegetables that should make up half of our diet.
Sweets, Treats, Alcohol, and Snacking
Let’s face it, nothing says “celebration” like pies, cakes, and other sweets. And during the holidays, they are usually available after every meal. For many, celebrating with friends and family also involves an alcoholic drink or two and the consumption of more snacks than we care to count.
Transitioning into Healthy Eating
Now that the holidays are over, many realize that it is time to “get back on the horse” and adopt a healthy eating lifestyle. But not so fast. Jumping headfirst into a healthy eating pattern can be bad for you. Recent research has shown that a sudden move away from sugary and fatty foods can cause symptoms that resemble drug withdrawal, like anxiety and depression. So current medical wisdom is to move into healthy eating in steps. Here are a few suggestions.
- Get a good night’s sleep. After a period of indulging in sugary foods, your body will likely wake up craving sugar. But if you do not get a good night’s sleep, the cravings can worsen and be harder to overcome.
- Drink a big glass of water in the morning; this helps to flush your system of the toxins built up over the holidays. We also recommend a daily probiotic
- Take a magnesium supplement before bed; this will help to level out the stress your body went through during the holidays.
- Start to improve the quality and timing of your meals. You’ll want to eat a balanced meal every three hours, consisting of proteins, healthy fats, and carbohydrates; this will help prevent drops in blood sugar. Also, eating more alkaline foods will help stabilize your blood sugar as well.
Once you have stabilized your body so that it’s no longer a sugar craving, overeating machine, then you can create a healthy eating plan that’s right for you.
Healthy Eating without Denying Yourself
Many times, a healthy diet fails because it is too regimented. By restricting certain foods, we naturally tend to crave those foods. For example, if you love chocolate, and someone told you that you could never have chocolate again, most people would incessantly think about chocolate.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers several suggestions for healthy eating. They outline the importance of getting a proper balance of healthy foods and creating a diet you enjoy that fits your lifestyle. But the CDC agrees that we should never deny ourselves our favorite foods, even if they are unhealthy. Instead, they suggest eating those foods only occasionally, eating smaller amounts when you do indulge, and trying healthier versions when available. And if you are looking for a sweet treat that is also good for you, look no further than our CBD Gummies! Both our Green Apple and Strawberry Lemonade Gummies are packed with 10 mg of CBD goodness, so you can give your sweet tooth a treat while still getting your healthy diet back on course.
Here’s to a Healthier New Year with New Leaf Botanicals
We all look forward to a great new year and eating right while living a healthier lifestyle is on many people’s priority list. We at New Leaf Botanicals want to be part of your wellness journey. We are passionate about a healthy lifestyle, which is why we’ve become one of the most trusted distributors of CBD products in the US. We offer a wide range of broad-spectrum CBD products because we want to make it easy for you to implement these high quality, plant-based supplements into your overall plan for more vitality in the new year.
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