It’s January. Therefore, you are most likely feeling sluggish, tired and a bit rundown.
The post Christmas period is notorious for inciting feelings of depression and apathy in a lot of us.
So, what can be done about it and how can we help prevent ourselves from comfort eating into oblivion?
Well, the one way around tackling an attack of the munchies in January is to swap out our favorite high calorie snacks for some real quality comfort food. The type that will lower your stress levels as well as your calorie intake for the day – and still taste good!
Can it be done? Of course, it can, by choosing these snacks instead for your comfort eating pleasures!
SWAP HOT CHOCOLATE FOR CHAMOMILE
Whilst chocolate in itself is no bad thing (check out the entry in our list later on) the problem is more with the full fat milk, whipped cream and of course sugar that goes with it.
If you want to swap out your usual comfort drinks of hot chocolate, cocoa or even alcoholic beverages, for something else to help relax you this January, we suggest a chamomile tea.
Chamomile tea has been proven to reduce anxiety and can help ease your tension to give you a good night’s sleep.
Try it as part of your bedtime routine to see if it can improve your relaxation and aid some proper rest.
SWAP CRISPS FOR CASHEW NUTS
If your idea of relaxing is nothing more than curling up on the couch with a giant bag of crisps, then how about switching to a slightly healthier alternative?
Cashew nuts are high in zinc, which is often missing or low in people who suffer from anxiety and depression.
They also make a tasty snack too!
SWAP CANDIES FOR BERRIES
Got a sweet tooth that you just can’t say no to? Instead of marshmallows or any other type of candy to give you that shot in the arm of sugary sweetness, why not try a bowl of berries?
These could be fresh or frozen, but including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries could boost your anti oxidants and vitamin C levels, as well as giving you the same sweet taste without the excess calories.
You’ll still need to brush your teeth afterwards, though!
SWAP CHOCOLATE FOR… UM… CHOCOLATE
Like we said at the start of the article, chocolate has been proven to lower blood pressure. However, we should point out that this is in small quantities and the darker it is – i.e. not milk chocolate, the better this will be for your overall health!