The holidays are full of special things, decorations, songs, events, parties and gifts. There are also sweet treats all around. Holiday treats can be bittersweet – both literally and figuratively.
Whether the holidays serve as a relaxing time or a stress filled environment, finding too much comfort in these treats can be damaging to your health.
Next time the tray of cookies is in front of you, try to make mindful decisions. Think about if this cookie is truly special, or is it just there in front of you. Is it the cookie that will bring me joy, or is it that I am surrounded by my family and friends? Or am I reaching for this cookie because I am stressed, what else could I do to handle my stress? If you decide to eat the cookie, great, don’t have regrets! Take time to chew, and savor, and truly enjoy it. You will feel more satisfied and less likely to mindlessly reach for another.
What if there were healthier options available? You could be a part of making that available for your family and friends.
There are many options to create healthier alternatives to traditional holiday sweet treats and gifts. You can show your love and keep loved ones healthy! For example, create your own trail mix, make dark chocolate bark with fruit and nuts, make your own spice rubs or soup kits in mason jars. Our very own Dr. Julia Snyder even suggested a healthy treat, Almond Grabbers, and their recipe can be found here.
For more healthy holiday treat and gift ideas, check out EatingWell. For all other tips and tricks as to what you should avoid for the holidays, reach out to your R-Health doctor who’s always available for you, even during the holiday season.
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