Five easy tips to avoid overeating and over pleasing during the holidays

Five easy tips to avoid overeating and over pleasing during the holidays

by Roselby Rodriguez

There are a lot of information out there on what to do during the Christmas season regarding food and alcohol consumption and how to handle the extra load of sweets.  Today,  I will give you some extra tips but I would love for you to consider using them even after the holidays. 

 

If you want to see changes in your lifestyle, weight, energy, well-being, etc. start practicing good habits everyday and not "some" days.

 

The more you apply good habits, the more you will understand how your body reacts to those changes,  and the more you will be in charge of choosing how to make things work for you to feel great, confident and energized.  And remember that it is ok to say NO when you can't attend an event, fulfill someone's expectations or complete all the overwhelming tasks you impose yourself.

 

Consider applying the tips below all the time you go out to socialize or when help is needed at home and remember we are talking during and after the festivities :)

 

  • Avoid holiday chocolates before bed: A rapid increase in blood sugar levels can energize the body and disturb your sleep.

  • Hydrate well before every party: Drinking a big glass of sparkling water (rich in bicarbonate), or a glass of water with lemon can help you avoid eating too many high-caloric snacks. Extra points if you also nosh on an apple before you leave – the extra fiber and antioxidants will keep your blood sugar levels steady and your adrenals happy, so you can enjoy the event without the stress.

  • Finish your meal with a detox tea: there are many herbal teas that can help you detox. My favorite combination includes rosemary, black radish, artichoke leaf, dandelion root, and lime.

  • Reach for shellfish: It’s full of protein, vitamins, and essential trace minerals (and made even healthier, and tastier, by a few drops of lemon). If allergies are not an issue, reach for these healthy snacks rather than any bread-based snacks, like pizza and canapes.

  • Ask for help: Holidays are demanding, and too many of us try to do too much all on our own. It’s okay to ask for help from family and friends! Whether it is decorating, shopping, cooking, or you simply need a shoulder to lean on, ASK.  You will free your time and have opportunities to relax! Plus those who love you will have a chance to show you how much they care – it’s a win-win for everyone.