HOLIDAY EATING SURVIVAL GUIDE
Knowing when to stop eating while facing a table loaded with high calories and delicious choices takes determination and awareness.
We either get caught up in the stress and swirl of events, or we keep telling ourselves “one more and that’s it.”
It’s like knowing when you need to stop drinking because you know that the next glass will be trouble.
The holidays might create a favorable environment to unleash (or repress) all sorts of feelings and emotions And whether we do it consciously or unconsciously, we tend to hide behind food.
Sugar, alcohol, and refined flours all fuel sluggishness and depression and, as they are processed faster than other foods you’ll keep feeling unsatisfied with the desire to eat more.
AN UNWANTED GIFT: HOLIDAY WEIGHT GAIN
According to studies, the average American gains around 9-15 pounds between Halloween and New Year. However, you don’t need to be part of those statistics. Allow yourself to fully enjoy the holidays, make it memorably beautiful, not memorably tragic weight-wise.
So, here are some of my personal tips I. Apply them to have the “most wonderful time of the year,” feel healthy and vibrant without binging, side effects, or gaining undesirable weight. And yes, you can have it all!
NEVER SHOW UP HUNGRY
Prepare yourself ahead of time with a bit of protein; raw almonds, eggs, protein shake, yogurt, or protein bar. Or, try eating fruit not to high in sugars – apples, pears, bananas with almond butter or coconut oil.
Protein takes time to digest and makes you feel satisfied, satiated, and less likely to ravage a table full of sugar and carbohydrates. Even more so if you have blood sugar issues like I do.
H²O FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Many people confuse being hungry with being thirsty. Usually, we are dehydrated. So next time you think you are hungry, drink water or ask yourself what do you really want/need. Hydrate yourself before eating or going to that party.
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BE PRESENT, BE MINDFUL
And no, this doesn’t mean you have to recite a mantra or sit in meditation while everybody feasts. This simply means to eat consciously, make conscious choices about the foods you are going to eat. Eat slowly and mindfully, chewing and enjoying every bite. When you are done, pop a mint, chew a piece of gum, and drink water. You won’t feel the need to keep eating, even if others still are.
HO-HO-HOLD OFF ON TOO MUCH ALCOHOL
Alcohol is highly acidic and caloric. And depending on what you drink, they are a bomb of carbohydrates and sugars. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t drink at all; just do so with moderation. Drink slowly; keeping that water handy and without mixing drinks. Limit your alcohol intake to 1-2 drinks per occasion and do not overdo sodas, sangrias, fruit punches or egg nog.
Alcohol dehydrates the system and might make it easier to get drunk. Avoid that by drinking water in between glasses and by getting your healthy slice of protein first. Keeping yourself hydrated will help you keep your energy level up as well.