What we like to think of as “the most wonderful time of the year” is, for some, anything but wonderful. Blood sugar levels can spike from consuming goodies and treats that seem to be everywhere. The ensuing insulin spike often includes irritability, lethargy and foggy-headedness.
Shopping, rushing and standing in line can be stressful. Rising frustration and feeling stuck in line can foster a low-grade anxiety that can bring on cravings. Warding off the holiday blues takes a little food planning — but a little planning goes a long way.
Sure, we all know what we shouldn’t eat; but when sweets are all around us, finding a healthy snack feels like swimming upstream. Beth Reardon, director of nutrition at Duke University’s Duke Integrative Medicine says, “We reach for what we think will make us feel better, but we too often wind up making ourselves feel worse in the long run.”