For many people, this is a wonderful time of year. Between Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, the New Year, holiday parties, family get-togethers, and more, our calendars, and bellies become more full, while our bank accounts tend to dwindle. Whether all of this brings joy, or anxiety, this is a stressful time of year. Instead of succumbing to it, there are ways to cope with the inevitable stress, and enjoy the holidays more.
One of the most efficient ways to stay strong during the hectic holiday season is to stay as close to your routine as possible. This includes eating as close to the same way you do during the year, keeping up your exercise routine, and maintaining your sleep schedule. Despite our best efforts there will be late nights, sugar/dairy/gluten splurges, and lazy days. As long as most days you’re sticking to your routine, the occasional slip up is OK, and you should enjoy it! The key here is to just not over do it. Enjoy the treats and extra time with your loved ones, while keeping in mind once the holidays are over, you will bounce back into your routine full force. If you would rather stick with your normal diet, do not feel obligated to eat every cookie, piece of pie, or casserole placed in front of you. Saying no is better than dealing with guilt, or a stomachache later.
On an almost opposite side of the previous mentioned spectrum, if being around certain people really does irritate you, and negatively impacts you, it is also OK to avoid the situations. You do not need to attend every party, or get-together, especially if it is going to be detrimental to your physical, or mental health. Or, if you live far away from family and friends and are looking at a more solitary holiday season, look into different volunteer organizations. There is no better time to help others. Not to mention, if this situation leaves you feeling down, helping others is the perfect way to lift your mood.
While you are out spending money and buying gifts for others, remember, it is also perfectly acceptable to buy yourself something as well. If you feel guilty doing so, buy yourself a gift that is good for you, like a massage, or a facial. Putting extra time into yourself to stay healthy, and relax will allow you to enjoy other people even more. It is easy to feel drained while constantly on the go, so this will be the perfect way to re-charge.
If following these tips are still not enough to take the edge off the holiday season, there are different treatments and supplements to give you a little extra support. These range from simple teas, or a more in depth look at sleep, stress, and anxiety to push you to a more balanced state. Working towards your health now, will set you up for an even healthier, and happier New Year.
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Acupuncture during these few days will help get you back on track more quickly.
It's time to "fall back" this Sunday, November 3 and set your clocks 1 hour back. As the days get shorter, it can sometimes make us feel sluggish. If you're having an especially difficult time adjusting, acupuncture may help you reset your body. Call us at (860) 657-4105 for a quick "reboot" acupuncture treatment. Other tips for adjusting more quickly:1.) Starting tonight, got to bed 15 minutes earlier to give yourself a few days to adjust to the time change. After all, your body is used to a certain schedule. Rising or going to bed 15 minutes earlier for a few days is one of the best ways to avoid problems with sleep disturbance. 2.) Start cutting back or removing the caffeine and the alcohol. 3.) On Sunday, eat breakfast near a window or take an early walk outdoors. Bright light exposure in the morning helps regulate the body’s internal clock. By getting sun in early, your alertness peaks when it counts and you will be appropriately sleepy by nightfall.
As much as we all try, even the most disciplined individuals can experience sugar cravings at some point. Our brain tells us to seek out this sugary “reward”, rather than a nutritional necessity for different reasons. With Halloween and the holidays coming up, sugary treats are a constant in our daily lives. Some people are able to process this craving, and indulge only a small amount, which can be acceptable. Some can ignore these impulses completely, with others on the other hand, cannot handle even the smallest amount of sugar on a manageable level, and will continue to eat despite knowing they should stop.
One of the most helpful, and important concepts to acknowledge is that these cravings are just that, cravings, and not actual signs of hunger. If you do think the feelings you are experiencing are indeed hunger, eat a healthy snack or meal, such as an apple, salad, or lean protein and vegetable based meal. If a healthy option does not seem like it would satisfy your feeling, this is a sign you are indeed experiencing a sugar craving versus an actual hunger pang.
When people are aware sugary options are available, they tend to be more likely to slip, and eat these snacks. Instead of keeping a stash in your cabinet you think you will only eat once a week, or less frequently, keep the food out of your house all together. When you go through your cabinets looking for food and see this reminder, you will be more likely to reach for it in the future. Keep an array of healthier quick and easy snacks as possible options available instead. Excellent examples are rice cakes, baby carrots, and an assortment of different fruits. Berries in particular are great options, as they satisfy the need to have multiple, and are a sweeter fruit option, while also being healthy as well.
Aside from replacing your sugary treats with healthier options, there are other successful strategies other people use to combat these cravings. At times, people will experience these cravings when they are actually dehydrated. The best option is always water, as juices, sodas, and other beverages are loaded with sugar, or artificially sweetened substances, which always do more harm than good. Many people also find using these cravings as reminders to exercise. If you’re the type of person to experience this craving out of habit after a meal such as dinner, go for a walk instead. Even a short 15 minutes walk can do wonders to curb the craving. Turn the negative habit, into a healthy, positive one, which will also satisfy the reward center in your brain.
Aside from having some tips for how to deal with cravings when they do occur, it is helpful to know how to prevent these cravings from occurring in the first place. Sleep is an important daily process, which people tend to not fully appreciate. When you are deprived of sleep, your body will send out energy triggers. People generally give in to the quickest way to get this short boost, via a sugary snack. This will only lead to more sugar cravings throughout the day, and further feelings of fatigue.
When people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, this is not an exaggeration. However, what you have for breakfast is more important. A breakfast based on protein, rather than carbohydrates helps to balance blood sugar throughout the day, thus decreasing the frequency of sugar cravings that may occur. Carbohydrates only prefer short-term energy, and you will need more in order to maintain your energy levels. Instead of this battle of constantly eating calorie-laden foods, eat a high protein meal. Examples of this include a wide array of protein shakes, using more of a plant based protein, or organic eggs. Eating small meals frequently throughout the day instead of less frequent large meals are also important to balance blood sugar levels. This balance of your blood sugar throughout the day will help to curb these sugar cravings.
Trying to decrease sugar consumption can seem like a long-term overwhelming battle. It does take constant work on your part, and experimenting to see what will work best for you in the long run. Decreasing sugar will ultimately lead to the prevention of many preventable diseases, such as type II diabetes, heart disease, cancers, inflammatory conditions, among many others. As much as people are hesitant to believe this, the first few days can, and will be frustrating. However, once your body adjusts to the decreased amount of sugar it is receiving, the cravings will decrease, and your body will adjust, and crave healthier foods instead. The important thing to remember is to never give up! And, don’t be embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help. Many people are battling sugar cravings as well.
by Colleen Malone, Certified Esthetician
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