‘Tis the season of food, festivities, family and fun, and for people trying to watch what they eat or adopt healthier habits, the holidays can seem daunting. It doesn’t have to be a make or break season though, because even a few simple changes can have a positive impact on your health.
When it comes to the day-to-day aspects of eating a healthier diet, the American Chiropractic Association reminds us that the traditional coffee and doughnuts for breakfast; a hamburger for lunch; candy, cookies, or a soft drink for a snack; followed by a huge dinner are unhealthy dietary choices that need to go.
On the road to healthy eating, it’s important to start with a healthy breakfast, and balanced options – including carbohydrates, fat, and protein at each meal. Some good everyday tips include:
- For breakfast think local, cage free eggs.
- Brown-bag your lunch to control your fat and sugar content while adding nutritious nuts, fruits, and vegetables.
- Avoid white sugar and gluten containing grains (wheat, rye, malt, barley, and certain oats).
- The intake of good fats is essential to health. These fats can be found in nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, pecans, coconut oil, seeds, and avocados. Don't put a limit on these.
- Fruits and vegetables should reflect all colors of the rainbow—and should especially include berries, orange and yellow fruits, and dark leafy greens.
- Include carbohydrates, fat, and protein at each meal.
We get the holidays and healthy aren’t always on the same page, but there are some things you can do to control what you’re eating during the upcoming festivities.
- When it comes to cooking oil, try to use coconut, avocado, olive or flax seed when you can.
- Remember the good fats from fish, white meats, nuts, avocados, and eggs, so use them when you can.
- Think local, organic and in-season.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean deprivation either. You can still take dessert, and make something that tastes just as good, if not better than your traditional holiday sweets. Some great ideas include:
- Making your own pastries with gluten free flours like almond, coconut, and rice.
- Coconut ice cream.
- Desserts made with dairy free dark chocolate.
- Grilled peaches or spiced apples.
For additional healthy eating tips, and guidance on choosing foods that work for you and not against you, plan to attend one of our FREE Wellness Workshops. Exploring food sensitivities as well as natural and holistic ways to better health, these classes are great ways to learn how dietary changes, lifestyle changes, chiropractic care, and supplementation can make a difference in your overall health.
At Carlson Chiropractic Center, we want to help you on your wellness journey and our team is standing by to provide you with the information and education you need to live a healthier live through the holidays and beyond!