Enjoying the holidays can be festive yet a stressful & indulgent affair that can add inches to the waistline. A few simple tip can ease the ‘jump’ into your new years healthy resolutions.
During your holiday meals:
-Wear pants that fit you! No elastic, try for dress pants or jeans that fit you properly. By not allowing your stomach to over-expand your are setting physical limits to your over indulgence. This will let you control your portion size and give your body the time it needs to properly digest your food and derive all the nutrients your body needs.
-Drink 2 glasses of warm water before you eat dinner. Water help lubricate your digestive system allowing optimal digestion.
-Eat with a smaller plate! We truly eat with our eyes, if it seems like you have a full plate your brain will make you believe you are more satisfied. Before going for that second plate grab a friend and take a slow walk around the block. This will give your brain the time to recognize the stomachs signals if it has reached capacity. This will help you avoid the dreaded ‘too full’ feeling.
-Keep it simple! To many flavors can increase hunger, keep to a few traditional options and this will help your brain from over indulging.
-Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks during dinner. Soda is a no go and alcohol should be saved till after you have completed your meal.
an Average American will consume 4,500 calories on thanksgiving! That is twice the daily allowance for total daily consumption. You would have to walk over 25 miles to burn off those extra calories. By using a few simple tips you can avoid or at least slow down those winter pounds.
Don’t wait till 2014 to start healthy habits!
Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season.