Too Much Figgy Pudding Can Spoil Your Night


Tonight is the office holiday party. You skip lunch because you know that the baked brie, bubbly and sprtiz cookies will be calling your name.  

But you’re feeling drained & icky halfway through the afternoon. According to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly half of us report an afternoon slump where energy and concentration are challenged. One of the most common reasons for afternoon fatigue is fluctuating blood sugar levels. If too much sugar is released into the body at once, by either waiting too long to eat between meals or high carbohydrate or fatty foods, too much insulin is released to balance the sugar levels. This causes your blood sugar levels to rise and fall rapidly, leading to a quick burst of energy followed by a deep crash.

And therein lies the afternoon energy slump… yawn!!!



Enter SNACKS. So, why are they such an important part of your day? Snacks will save you during the holidays!! They bridge the gap between meals and stop that rumbling stomach when lunch and dinner are hours away. They keep your blood sugar stable and your hunger in check so that you’re able to choose from the veggie platter instead of the cookie platter.


Snacks made up of a complex carb, a healthy fat, and clean protein will increase your energy levels for a longer period of time.



  1. A handful of raw unsalted nuts
  2. Mixed raw veggie sticks and 2 tbsp of your favorite dip – hummus, tahini, pesto, etc.
  3. Hardboiled egg, ¼ avocado, and tomato on a piece of sprouted Ezekiel toast or Paleo wrap.
  4. 1 tbsp nut butter, cinnamon, and ½ apple, sliced
  5. A homemade trail mix of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and goji berries
  6. Smoothie – unsweetened almond milk, ½ banana, 1 tbsp almond butter, protein powder, vanilla, cinnamon, hemp seeds, maca powder/cacao powder, and ice
  7. 1 orange, with a handful of nuts
  8. Popcorn with little sea salt and olive oil and a handful of nuts/seeds
  9. Chopped fruit salad with fresh mint and some almonds
  10. Cucumber roll ups with avocado, smoked salmon, or turkey

Have fun at all your holiday events!

In good health,

Dr. Hauser 

P.S. Our office will be closed Monday, December 26 and re-opening on January 3rd.

P.P.S. And in case you didn’t know, figgy pudding (also known as plum pudding) is a staple of the British holiday table and doesn’t have any figs or plums.

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