The Holidays! They tend to bring out the best…and the worst in everyone. It’s a time of running errands, busy shopping malls, family get-togethers, cooking, baking, and yes all of that leads to stress.

If you are like most people, when you get too busy or stressed, you tend to make poor food choices that will actually increase stress and cause other problems. Running through the local drive-thru, or grabbing a bag of chips. Then the guilt sets in, which just adds to the stress. Especially if you’re trying to stay on track and eat healthy. To get the most out of your healthy eating and avoid stress, follow these simple tips.

Always eat breakfast
Even though you may not think you’re hungry, or really don’t feel like eating,you need to eat something. Even a healthy granola bar is better than nothing. Skipping breakfast makes it harder to maintain the proper blood/sugar levels during the day, so you should always eat something.

Carry a snack
Keeping some protein rich snacks in your car, office, or purse will help you avoid blood sugar level dips, the accompanying mood swings, and the fatigue. Trail mix, gluten-free granola bars, or energy bars all have the nutrients you need. I really like keeping some nuts and seeds with me. The fiber really helps to fill you up and keep you full longer.

Remember your water bottle                                                                                                                  Try to remember to bring a water bottle with you when you’re running errands and drink plenty of water while working at home or in the office. Sometimes feelings of hunger is really just your body telling you that it needs more water.

Healthy munchies
If you’re a stress eater, you can replace chips and other non healthy foods with carrot sticks, celery sticks, or even sunflower seeds.

Bring your lunch
Although a lot of people prefer to eat fast food for lunch, that’s not always an option for Celiacs. You can save a lot of money and actually eat healthier if you take a few minutes and pack a lunch at home. Even if you only do this a few times a week, it’s much better for you than eating out.

Stock your home
As important as it is to get the bad food out of your house, it’s even more important to get the good food in! The best way to do this is to plan a menu of healthy meals at snacks at the beginning of the week, list the ingredients you need, then go shop for it. This way, you’ll know what you want when you need it and you won’t have to stress over what to eat.