‘Tis the season… to be busy, stressed, exhausted. It’s amazing how the happiest time of year can simultaneously be the most chaotic time of year. Between holiday shopping, family and work obligations, this and that event to go to, it’s a miracle we don’t all snap. Throw on some pointy shoes, candy cane striped stockings, a green jumpsuit and believe we’re Santa’s helpers year round. If I ever get to this point, throw me in a padded room with some Christmas movies and hot cocoa and I’ll be good.
Back to my point. You’re busy. And you’re tired. The last thing you want to think about is whipping up a home cooked meal. You go to the food court while you’re out shopping, grab fast food during your travels, and order delivery when you’re at home wrapping presents and decorating the tree. There is nothing wrong with any of these things. But there are ways to do it better.
It just requires a little knowledge and planning. Don’t worry, it’s not even close to the amount of planning you’re doing with your travel schedule and gift list.
One very important thing to keep in mind is that whenever you have restaurant or processed foods (as with problems #1-4) you also get a generous helping of salt, even if the food doesn’t taste that salty. Be sure to keep hydrated with water and to limit these foods when possible. But they can still be included in a healthy diet.
And now you have one less thing to worry about this holiday season. So get out there and be healthy, be happy!