The holiday season is a time of sharing and connecting with family, friends and others we care about. Parties, celebrations and feasts mark traditions and enhance the festive atmosphere. Many people are concerned about expanding their waistline as they indulge in sweets, seasonal treats and heavy meals.
Although gaining weight during this season is a concern, the consequences of a poor diet and overindulgence in foods with poor nutritional value are of equal concern. As we participate in the festivities of the season, we often justify overindulgent behavior with the promise of a New Year’s resolution to return to a healthy diet and lose those holiday pounds.
There are ways to enjoy the festivities and celebrate the season while maintaining a healthy diet. In fact, experts from health organizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health all offer similar recommendations about how to stay healthy during the holidays. Here, we share tips on how to make smart nutrition decisions and maintain healthy eating habits during the holidays.
IMPORTANCE OF GOOD NUTRITION
Did you know that your diet affects skin health? Medical experts recognize the link between diet and dermatology, understanding that too much fat, sugar or processed foods can lead to skin eruptions, blemishes or holiday acne. They recommend eating foods with high levels of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients for overall health and to promote healthy skin. These scary-sounding terms simply mean that eating a well-balanced diet has overall health benefits and keeps your skin healthy.
Antioxidants keep cells healthy by destroying free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage DNA, fatty tissue and proteins. A buildup of free radicals increases the risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and neurodegenerative problems such as Alzheimer’s. They are also associated with premature aging.
Eating foods high in antioxidants, such as cranberries, blueberries, tomatoes, leafy greens, nuts, fish and olives, helps keep your body in equilibrium. The good news: coffee, tea and chocolate are on the list of beneficial foods that promote overall health and healthy skin. With all food and drink, even healthy foods, moderation is the key.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
Essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6, are important nutrients that reduce inflammation, support cell health and reduce free radicals. Essential fatty acids cannot be synthesized by the body. They must be provided by foods. Good sources include fish, avocados, walnuts, almonds, green leafy vegetables, flax seeds and canola or soybean oil.
Phytonutrients are present in plants, including vegetables, fruit, grains and legumes. Good sources of phytonutrients include red, orange and yellow vegetables and fruit, such as tomatoes, carrots, sweet peppers, sweet potatoes and green leafy vegetables. Mangoes, peaches, citrus fruit and berries are also high in these important nutrients.
SMART TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS
With the abundance of food and drink during the holidays, it is hard to resist the temptation to overeat or eat unhealthy foods. The good news is there are many healthy foods in holiday feasts and festivities. Keep them in mind, and minimize or avoid those with a lot of sugar, fat or alcohol.
1.Eat regular, healthy meals to ensure you get the necessary nutrients. Concentrate on foods that promote health. Cranberries, other berries, nuts and many spices and herbs are full of antioxidants. Turkey protein inhibits damage to collagen, an important element in bone, skin and muscle health.
2. Before you go to a gathering, eat a healthy holiday snack that includes protein, fat and carbohydrates, such as peanut butter on an apple, cheese slices on whole-wheat crackers or a small serving of nuts. If you are full before you go, you reduce the chance of overeating.
3. Use a small plate, which limits the amount of food you can put on it. If possible, avoid sugary or fatty foods. Start with healthy foods that can fill you up, such as vegetables and fruit. If the temptation is too great, take a small portion of other items to satisfy your craving. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are full. Eat slowly, and wait about half an hour before going back to the serving table. Do your socializing away from the food table. This reduces the temptation to snack or take more.
4. Eat before you drink. Alcohol contains a lot of calories and reduces your ability to sense that you are full. Instead, drink water, seltzers, tea or other low-calorie drinks. Alcohol can dry your skin and promote free radicals.
5. Maintain a beauty routine to keep your skin hydrated, clean and healthy. Cleansing and moisturizing your face in the morning and evening keeps skin healthy and glowing. Moisturizing your whole body after your bath locks in moisture and keeps skin soft. As you get ready for a holiday event, go for a clean makeup look to enhance your natural features and skin tones. You will feel refreshed and know you look your best.
Take advantage of TrūAura’s Black Friday holiday specials between November 21 and 30. We offer 20% on BioLifting Hydration Serum Rejuvenating Microdermabrasion Treatment and 15% on our Body Care Trio. Plus, great deals on Clean Color and Hair Care continue through the end of the month!
The microdermabrasion treatment contains essential oils, natural anti-inflammatory fruit extracts and probiotics that help balance the immune system and inhibit pathogen growth. After a late night or stressful day, massage a dab into clean skin, especially areas of uneven pigmentation or places prone to develop lines to remove dead cells and stimulate new cell growth. Rinse off after two minutes and continue your nighttime beauty routine.
Our Body Care Trio includes Nourishing Body Wash, Replenishing Body Lotion and Replenishing Hand Cream. The plant-based, foaming body wash gently cleanses skin while locking in moisture. Antioxidant probiotics add resilience and protect from UV exposure. After your bath, apply our luxurious body lotion on moist skin to provide a protective barrier and hydrate. During dry winter weather, hands easily become dry. Moisturize your hands as needed throughout the day with our popular hand cream. For a limited time, the Body Care Trio comes with a TrūAura towel.
To get the most out of the holiday season, concentrate on what the celebrations mean to you. Connecting with family and friends and enjoying good cheer are the main reasons we socialize. The holidays also have deep spiritual meaning for many people. Although food and drink are included in the celebrations, you can enjoy the festivities without overindulging.
TRŪAURA’S COMMITMENT TO HEALTHY SKIN
TrūAura’s products support and enhance skin health. We work with dermatologists and laboratory scientists to develop and test our products, incorporating the finest ingredients that nourish your skin and keep it supple and healthy. Our non-toxic makeup and skin care products feature prebiotics, probiotics, vitamins and natural minerals that moisturize and support your skin’s microbiome.
Check out our core skincare line that includes a refreshing tonic, cleanser, day cream, night cream and advanced repair eye treatment. You can purchase these as a bundle for convenience or individually as you need them. For extra savings, take advantage of our holiday specials Between November 23 and the end of the month.
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