Most of us have days that our food choices aren’t stellar especially during the holidays. Here are my tips to help you avoid weight gain.
1) Don’t feel guilty – Some days we will need a little comfort food or we will have a special event/family gathering where we will eat some not so healthy food. Guilt is the number one reasons we end up over indulging. (or is that just me?) We figure, we’ve already had some junk, might as well eat junk all day. Don’t do it!
2) Drink lots of water – Drinking water will help flush toxins from our body and help us fill full. If we are full we may not eat as much. Add some lemon to the water to make it extra detoxifying.
Lately, I’ve been drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and water before a big meal. It seems to cut my appetite and bloat. Be sure to get organic apple cider vinegar with the “mother” like this brand.
3) Eat a smaller portion – Try a smaller amount first. It might just take 2 Hershey kisses to make you smile rather than 8 (like I typically eat). 1 piece of pecan pie that your mother-n-law made could be just as satisfying as eating half the pie in one sitting and then complaining that your stomach is bloated (Dave’s personal experience).
4) Delay Eating – Tell yourself “I will eat this small portion now and another portion tomorrow”. Most of the time when I do this I never end up eating the portion the next day.
5) Eat some protein before you indulge – Protein can offset the blood sugar spike we have after eating sugar. It’s also great idea to do this before you go to a party or family meal where you know your favorite sweet treats will be served.
One of the quickest and most nutritious ways to get protein is to drink a Meal Replacement shake such as IsaLean by Isagenix. The protein will help your blood sugar stay stable and it will fill you up so you eat less. If you want something a little less filling try a quick serving of IsaPro. It’s just a protein supplement with 18 grams of undenatured whey.
6) Try substituting healthier ingredients – I’ve learned to make muffins and cookies from Almond Flour and Coconut Flour . These flours contain healthy fat, protein and won’t affect your blood sugar. I use stevia or xylitol as sugar substitutes.
7) Cleanse daily – I take Cleanse for Life at night before bed. The nutrients in this product will help your body naturally remove toxins and help you keep from storing fat.
8) Exercise – Doing about 10 minutes of exercises such as lunges, pushups and jumping jacks before you indulge may help you control your blood sugar and reduce fat storage. I personally jump on the trampoline and do pushups and lunges.
9) Stop eating by 6pm – This will allow your body a longer time to burn off those extra calories. Essentially this is intermittent fasting.
10) Enjoy and then get back on track – Enjoy the treat or the holiday feast then get back on track. Don’t beat yourself up. Just go back to a healthy eating plan. If you don’t know where to start I suggest the 30 Day Superfood System. You can use this system even during the holidays and still get results.
I hope these tips help you avoid weight gain during the holidays or any time of the year. Take a deep breath and enjoy!
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