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How to Curb the Holiday Sugar Overload

Follow these tips to help cut down on sugar during this festive time.

With the holidays, come the sugary drinks, desserts and festive treats. It can take real self-awareness and self-control to break bad holiday habits.

At Healthy Nest Nutrition, we believe that sugar is a REAL problem. We also believe that if you eat for YOUR body–building a diet around whole foods and lower-sugar foods–you’ll be a healthier person during the holidays and beyond.

Here’s how to deal:

Spot the sugar and choose wisely.
If you look closely, you can see the sugar coming a mile away. Choose one favorite and enjoy it. Instead of wine and chips and pie, enjoy a glass of wine or a small slice and move on.

Have a smarter sweet tooth.
Prioritize healthier dessert options that are lower in added sugars, such as fruit salads or dark chocolate. When possible, choose desserts made with natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.

Stay hydrated.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help curb cravings. Sometimes feelings of hunger are actually signs of dehydration.

Limit liquid calories.
Be cautious of sugary beverages like sodas, punches and holiday-themed drinks. Opt for water, herbal teas or infused bubbly water instead.

Plan ahead.
If you’re attending a holiday party, consider eating a balanced meal before so you’re less likely to overindulge in sugary snacks.

Bring your favorite healthy dish.
If you’re attending a potluck or family gathering, bring a dish that is low in added sugars so you have a healthier option available. A beloved seasonal salad or high-protein appetizer is a great option.

Stay active all season.
Don’t wait until January to start moving your body. Incorporate physical activity into your holiday routine. Exercise helps regulate blood sugar levels and reduce cravings.

Set realistic goals.
Instead of completely avoiding sweets, set realistic goals for yourself. This might involve choosing one or two special treats to enjoy rather than indulging in everything available.

Remember, it’s about finding a balance that works for you. Making small, sustainable changes can have a positive impact on your overall health without depriving yourself of holiday traditions.