This article marks the first article in our "Holiday Survival Guide Series." We're digging deep into the trenches to uncover what is so stressful about the holiday season, and how to overcome it.
Here's a list of FIVE habits that can kill your holiday bliss:
1. Big Meals and Binge Eating
Yes, that crispy apple pie tastes as succulent as it looks.... so does the ham, the mashed potatoes, the baked chicken, the cranberry sauce, the mac & cheese, the dinner rolls, and the sparkling cider. We know you've spent hours churning up a feast in the kitchen and rightfully deserve to splurge, but from a digestive perspective, unless you're an Olympic swimmer, your body isn't trained to eat 4,000 calories in one sitting.
The stress your digestive system undertakes may take days to clean out. If you're anything like me, you'll stretch your leftovers weeks after a hearty Thanksgiving meal. Leftovers aren't inherently horrible unless your body isn't used to digesting heavy...
Maybe you do yoga. Maybe it’s blasting your favorite jam at a stoplight. Whatever it is, I bet there’s at least one thing you do to de-stress. We don't need to learn how to be stressed. It is a process that is innate to human nature. Maybe you remember a little something from high school biology called the fight or flight response.
When your body is confronted with a stressful situation, you’ve essentially got two options, buckle-up and fight it out, or hop on the next greyhound out of there. Our brain sends out of flurry of chemical signals that physically change our bodies. Unfortunately, these chemical signals were designed for brief stressful encounters, such as being hunted down by saber-tooth tigers in the grass savannah. However, if your long-time boss sends the same chills down your spine as an apex predator, your body is going to have a hard time coping with stress.
An apple is an apple. Whatever the season, an apple will always be an apple. However, an apple in the fall is crispier than an apple in the spring. Nature produces apples in autumn. The soil's nutrients, the temperature, and the rainfall come together to create the sweetest version of an apple.
We consume fruits out of season year long. We slice melons when melons aren't supposed to be sliced. We zest oranges when oranges aren't supposed to be zested. We eat produce from parts of the world we've never seen, and is that always a good thing?
For centuries, landscapes limited humans to the crops it could provide. After advances in fertilizers, genetic modifications, cold packing and freezing, we can ship "fresh" produce from Sao Paolo, Brazil to grocery stores in York, Maine.
If you've traveled abroad, you know several rounds of vaccinations may be necessary to get in and out of the country without a sniffle. What about your food? How many steps does your foreign...
There it is, sitting where the light hits it perfectly. It’s glistening gooey glaze slides down onto the plate. The succulent circumference of doughy goodness there to tempt you days into your new diet. What the heck, man?!? This isn’t fair! Your lunch is composed of a half cup of broccoli, baked chicken thighs, and mashed sweet potatoes. All of which you have forgotten about due to the glazed doughnut.
Humans are visual creatures. The eyes allow us to process our environment and tell our brains what’s good or what’s bad. Unfortunately, “good" and “bad” may be overshadowed by the fact that sugar has the ability to hijack our dopamine responses to make us believe it is good because it “feels” good. So we find ourselves at an impasse: feel good now or feel good later?
If you’ve just started a new diet plan or lifestyle change, you may find that the first few week are dreadful. It might seem like there are...
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