Balancing a healthy diet with your everyday living is difficult enough but add to the mix a writing career and the holiday season and it becomes easy to forget how important food is in our lives. Long ago, humans hunted and gathered to find their food. Healthy or not, they ate what nature provided or starved. Nowadays, humans have a plethora of food choices available to them and instead of eating due to necessity, often we eat for pleasure. During the holidays, the pleasure factor escalates and at times we overindulge. As writers, we work in a sedentary environment which adds another difficulty in keeping a healthy diet.
And while I could go on with this topic for several pages, I’ll limit myself to items that may help you, as a writer and a holiday reveler.
Water is essential for human survival but oddly it is often taken for granted. Not only does water replace fluids lost through urination and perspiration but it also transports vitamins to and waste away from every cell in the body. Drinking plenty of water reduces the risk of kidney stones, can cut the risk of heart disease, restores energy and prevents constipation. Water can also benefit those trying to lose weight. It’s recommended you drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. A healthy way to start the day is to drink two glasses of water to flush out all the toxins that have accumulated overnight while you were sleeping.
During the rush to get the kids off to school, preparing for holiday shopping, or getting ready to work on that next page of your manuscript it’s easy to either skip breakfast or simply grab something quick to eat. Breakfast, as they say, is the most important meal of the day. To keep your energy up to last you through those busy morning hours, it’s best to eat some kind of fruit for breakfast. Apples, filled with antioxidants that can lower the risk of some cancers, can improve lung function and lower your risk of asthma, and are an excellent source of fiber to prevent constipation. Other recommended fruits are bananas, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, pineapples, peaches, oranges, pears, grapefruit, apricots, watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew.
And here’s everyone’s favorite health food: Chocolate! Yes, chocolate has health benefits. Remember, chocolate is a plant-based food and contains nutrients as found in other plants. Now, don’t get too excited, not all types of chocolate are good for you. The darker the chocolate the better, in this case, since milk has a tendency to neutralize many of the benefits found in chocolate. Moderate amounts of dark chocolate can lower blood pressure, can benefit your heart and cardiovascular system and can help lower cholesterol. Chocolate is also full of antioxidants which eat up free radicals that cause disease. It also stimulates endorphin production which gives you a feeling of pleasure and contains serotonin which acts as an anti-depressant. Also, having a small amount of chocolate may prevent a chocolate binge so when you have a craving consider this before you deny yourself the benefits of those wonderful dark chocolate nutrients.
I hope you find this information useful and I wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season!