If you're like me, you are probably thinking "whyyyyyyyyy????"
I am a firm believer that I should be able to ENJOY myself during the Holiday break, and that includes eating ALL of the things that I want.
I am also a realist. I know that every food that goes into my body will affect me on a cellular level. So, here are a few tricks to put in your cap during the Holiday. They are not scary tricks, there is no witchcraft here, and before you get any further, YES you can enjoy your favorite holiday treat ;)
#1 Eat slowly. I know this is probably a tip you see and think about all the time. But it's true! Eating slowly allows our mouth to break down food so that we can better absorb the nutrients we are eating. The more nutrients we absorb, the better our bodies feel, and overall we tend to eat less.
#2 The 5 Minute Rule. I'll be honest, this is the one I struggle with most... Once I eat that first cookie a MONSTER inside me emerges and I become a sugar junkie. The goal here is to wait 5 minutes between sweets. Don't kid yourself and try not to eat sweets at all... This is the holidays! You deserve it! But wait 5 minutes before grabbing the second, third, fourth, and eighth cookie.
#3 PROTEIN PROTEIN PROTEIN. When in doubt, if you are still feeling hungry or overstimulated and stress eating, try opting for the protein. This might be the most challenging trick of them all, but you will get full on protein faster than cookies, and your body will tell you to stop eating it much sooner than with cookies. Enjoy that honey ham! It's almost as sweet as the apple pie.
This is the time of the year for family and fun, don't stress about food this week, there are 51 other weeks to think about that. Have a great time and keep these few tricks handy (just in case that monster emerges in you too).
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