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Foods to Eat to Avoid Holiday Burnout

by Katie Skrzek

Dec 7, 2019

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Between indulgent holiday food, visiting friends and family and skipping the gym to stay cozy at home, the holiday season can wreak havoc on your diet. By all means, enjoy that Christmas cookie and pumpkin pie, but before you go back for your second or third slice, consider adding these foods into your diet during the holiday season to avoid burnout.

 

Herbal Teas

If you’re already feeling the effects of rich holiday foods, sip some herbal tea. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can help reduce anxiety and upset stomachs. Peppermint also has calming properties and aids in relaxation.

 

Nuts, Seeds and Butters

Stock up on nuts like almonds and cashews, seeds like pumpkin or sunflower seeds and a variety of nut or seed butters beyond peanut butter. Aim for the natural varieties made with less processing, sugar and other additives. They are a good source of protein for energy.

 

Leafy Greens

Opt for greens like kale and spinach for your salads, smoothies, soups and side dishes. These contain high levels of nutrients and vitamins, to give you extra energy and help boost your immune system.

 

Honey

If you’re having a hard time kicking your sugar habit, opt for more natural sweeteners like honey. Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners greatly affect your system, so avoid these and switch to honey for your sugar fix.

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