Every season calls for some holiday drinking which may be a problem for your thyroid diet. Try some of these holiday drinking tips and keep track of your thyroid diet while still enjoying the season!
7 Holiday Drinking Tips to Enjoy The Season
1. Choose Drinks with Lower Sugar Content
Sugar has a negative effect on insulin, a stress hormone, and overall metabolism, making it a bad choice for thyroid patients. Artificial sweeteners are no better because they may alter the gut bacteria in an unfavorable way and aspartame may trigger migraines. So skip the juices, cocktail mixes, hot chocolate packets, and choose drinks with less sugar and syrup.
2. Try Fresh Pressed Juices
If you have a juicer, you can use fresh pressed fruit and vegetable juices in place of store-bought juices. Choose organic produce to make your drink even healthier. Fresh juices have more nutrients still intact, and you can cut the sweetness down by using vegetables in place of some of the fruit.
3. Drink Sparkling Water
You may use sparkling water or naturally flavored seltzer waters in drinks that call for sodas. Using sparkling water for your holiday drinks is another way to lower sugar content.
4. Add Natural Ingredients for Flavor
Try using citrus fruits, cranberries, rosemary sprigs, and cinnamon sticks for festive garnishes that also support metabolism, provide antioxidants, and help lower inflammation. Additionally, turmeric, ginger, cayenne, and cloves are powerful immune-boosting and thyroid-supporting spices that can be used in traditional holiday drink recipes.
5. Have Some Red Wine
Healthy holiday drinking doesn’t have to exclude all alcoholic drinks. Red wine has been associated with more health benefits than any other alcoholic beverage. This is thought to be due to its high antioxidant content.
6. Try some Healthy Recipes
If you are attending a holiday party, consider making your creation using the tips above. Not only will it allow you to have a healthier option for yourself away from home, but it’s also a nice gesture to show up with something to share!
7. Practice Moderation
Even after making some healthier swaps, it’s important not to go overboard on the holiday beverages. Liquid calories are sneaky and a common cause of weight gain during the holidays. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help you cut down on eating and drinking too much and will also help keep you hydrated if you do choose to enjoy a few alcoholic beverages.
Watch this video from ActiveBeat to find out some of the famous drinks you should try to avoid!
Try these simple tips to make your holiday drinking both healthier and delicious. The drinks you choose may be a source of added calories and sugar, as well as allergens that may cause immune and inflammatory reactions in sensitive individuals. On the plus side, good choices may help keep you hydrated and an added source of nutrients and antioxidants.
What drinks do you usually have during the holidays? Do you have your holiday drinking tips? Share your thoughts and experience with us in the comments below!
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