Don’t gain that holiday weight

Sarah Hunkeler—Indy Contributor


As the cold weather and holidays approach, fear of excessive overeating and inevitable laziness overpower our stressors, often times fostering poor dieting choices and cravings, thus hindering the continuance of a healthy lifestyle. With holiday food and unplowed streets how in the world will one remain consistent with their healthy path?


Cravings are our body’s way of telling us that we are missing a necessary component within our diet. Although it may be easier to replace these necessities with junk food, there are healthy alternatives to stay on track with your dietary plans.


Digging through your little brother’s Halloween candy to suppress your sweets craving? This means your body is lacking Chromium, Sulfur and Tryptophan. Healthy foods that contain these elements include vegetables such as broccoli, dried beans, kale, sweet potatoes, spinach, and cabbage. As well as almost all fresh fruits, poultry, and other meats like beef and liver.


Are you watching an episode of Game of Thrones in your bedroom but really wish you were at Olive Garden for endless breadsticks? Bread cravings are an indication of a lack of nitrogen. Nitrogen can be found in high protein foods such as fish, meat, nuts, and beans. While bread is not necessarily considered an unhealthy item, having a large portion size of bread can produce a carbohydrate overload. Therefore, this alternative can be more efficient while attempting to stick to a diet.


Fatty snacks like potato chips seem like the perfect go-to for a lazy day inside. However, this craving suggests a lack of calcium. Calcium is an important aspect of our dietary needs in which they strengthen our bones and teeth, help maintain a healthy weight, and prevent diseases like osteoporosis and brittle bone disease. Healthy replacements to gain more calcium are foods such as broccoli, kale, legumes, and cheese.


You’ve had a long day at work and all you want to do is go home and twist the cork off that bottle of wine or party with your friends. Be that as it may, a craving for alcohol means our body needs protein, Glutamine, and Potassium. You can receive these elements by consuming grains such as granola, nuts, and oatmeal, as well as vegetables such as turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, black olives, and potatoes. There is also glutamine powder that can be purchased at almost any vitamin store.


Although the weather outside is frightful in the winter season, these healthy craving-beaters are cheap and easy to stock in the fridge and cabinets. As you can see, most of these healthy alternatives come from daily essentials like fruits and vegetables, and their purchase will likely stay within budget. Don’t fall victim to the cold weather and keep your health kick!


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