…the most wonderful time of the year for baking – and gaining weight and susceptibility to illness and fatigue and a sugar stupor…! Need I go on?
Let’s face it – sugar tastes good. Wherever you are on the sweet tooth spectrum (from mild to medium to cavity-inducing) you will likely encounter many irresistible sweet treats this time of year. Though sugar as a food group is wholly unhealthy it is okay to indulge in moderation from time to time given you are practicing otherwise healthy habits. Here are some more tips to help you survive holiday eating:
- Go to the gym! Not only will it help burn calories but it will also help relieve stress. Make sure you mix it up and do a combination of cardio for your heart and lungs and resistance training for your muscles. Both activities burn calories.
- Eat small meals throughout the day rather than saving up to pig out all at once.
- Ensure you have generous amounts of vegetables along with some fruit in your daily diet. Hint: Half of your plate should be full of vegetables.
- Keep portions of the sweet stuff small. This way you can have a bit of everything.
- Brush your teeth at least once daily!
Sugar is also known to suppress the immune system. Here are some things you can do to help boost your immunity:
- Ensure an adequate intake of B vitamins. This powerhouse group plays a key role in immunity.
- Get plenty of sleep. A well-rested body is more fighting fit than a tired one.
- Manage stress levels appropriately. Stress can also wreak havoc on immunity.
Crash and Burn
Sugar has a roller coaster-like effect on your energy levels. The initial sugar high gives way to the feeling that all your energy has been sucked out of you. If you want to indulge your sweet tooth without the crash and burn effect, simply eat sweet fruit. There are plenty of options available this time of year that provide vitamins, fiber and sweetness: oranges (satsumas are really good and mandarins are good too); clementines; apples; pomegranate; figs; dates
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...And I intend to continue baking new recipes while indulging wisely. Sugar is always better when shared.