Stress is an important subject especially at this time. Stress is at an all-time high during the Christmas season. We get headaches, our shoulders get tight, we have so many things to do and so little time. We want our minds and bodies performing at their best don’t we? It would be difficult to have a clear mind and an energized body with fatty, sugary foods going through our bodies at Mach speed for every Christmas party we feel obligated to attend. Think about the stress we put our bodies through at this time; we’re mentally exhausted, usually stressed about finances, family, even holidays stress us out. Then we look to comfort food, we look to whatever’s right in front of us and most convenient, and what’s worse is with the stress we’re already in, we fill our bodies with foods that will only increase our stress; which again is why we need to make an extra effort to put clean, healthy, energizing foods in our bodies.
Do yourself a favor, pass on the deep fried appetizers and hit the veggies tray and even better don’t starve yourself before the party waiting to eat what’s served. Have dinner before you go to the party and have a prepared meal for when you get home so you’re not stuffing your face on the way out the door. There’s rarely healthy food at Christmas parties so come prepared, eat before you get there and when you get home. It’s important to fuel your body at this time with healthy food.
If at all possible volunteer to host the party, then you know exactly what will be served and even if you don’t want all healthy food for your guests at least you know there will be better options.
Remember that food not only fuels our bodies but our minds too. If you want a clear mind, if you want to reduce stress and actually enjoy the holidays this year do everything you can to form good habits, ones that will take you closer to your goals, not carry you further away. There’s nothing wrong with tasting foods or trying this or that but be sure to have good meals and more often than not make the better choice this holiday season.