Sugar Cravings: Enjoying Your Holiday Season Without Ruining Your Diet
Pumpkin pie, gingerbread cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate- all tasty holiday treats, and all packed full of sugar that you’ll likely regret by the time swimsuit season rolls around. While the holidays are a time meant to indulge and enjoy, it is still important to keep yourself healthy at the same time. If you struggle with over-indulging in holiday treats, we’ve got you covered with these tips on how to curb sugar cravings for a healthier holiday season.
1. Avoid Stress
Stress has a funny way of setting off cravings in our brain, and if you’re prone to sugar cravings, a stressful holiday season surrounded by cookies and candy is a dangerous combination. So, to cut back on the sugar, cut back on the stress! Find ways to manage stress, whether it’s by improving your organization during the holiday season, finding time to do yoga or meditate, or simply taking a bit of time to yourself. Lowering your stress levels in any way you can will help eliminate the stress of ruining your diet.
2. Don’t Avoid It, Think About It
Oftentimes, we shovel holiday goodies into our mouths without really thinking about it. So, try thinking about it. Whenever you indulge in a sweet treat, ask yourself if it was actually satisfying to eat. If it wasn’t, stop eating it! By only eating sweets you actually enjoy, you’re cutting out the too-sweet goodies that you were likely eating just to eat. The same goes for foods that you know will make you sick, but you eat anyways. If you know you have an adverse reaction to something, DO NOT EAT IT! You’ll thank us later when you aren’t shoveling tums into your mouth to get rid of heartburn caused by too many sweets.
3. Try Healthier Alternatives
While no one is going to be too keen on completely avoiding sugar during the holidays, you can always satisfy your sweet tooth with healthier options. Fruit, for instance, is a great (vegan) way to avoid typical sugary treats. Or, if you’d like, when making your own baked goods, try low-sugar recipes or alternative ingredients to make your favorite holiday treats just a bit healthier. This goes for drinks as well! Trying stevia sugar or more natural sweeteners such as honey can make the sweets you do eat much healthier and eliminate some of the guilt you may feel for over indulging.
Overall, sometimes willpower and remembering your goals are not always enough to keep your hands off those gingerbread cookies or keep you from just one more slice of pie, but actively trying to curb sugar cravings so you do not eat as much is still a victory. However, ‘tis the season, and while it’s important to stay healthy, there’s also no harm in treating yourself a bit. Not worrying about having to hit the gym for an extra twenty minutes in the morning is a healthy mindset to have, as long as your sugar intake remains within moderation, it’s not always a bad thing!