Helpful Tips To Avoid Holiday Overeating
From Dr. Joseph Mercola (mercola.com) with Rachael Droege
With Christmas and Hanukkah season coming soon, this is the time of year when
sticking to a healthy diet can be most challenging. The change of season alone
can cause some people to overeat, especially those in cold climates, and
combined with the stress of the holidays and an abundance of seasonal foods,
the temptation can become overwhelming for some. These tips will help you to
avoid overdoing it, even in the midst of Christmas cookies and sugarcoated
candies, and make sure that you enjoy all that the holiday season has to offer
without your waistline having to suffer.
Don't Starve Yourself
The number-one rule to avoid holiday overeating is to make sure you eat enough.
This is not the time to start restricting your calories to the point where
you're so hungry even your great aunt's fruitcake starts to look good. The
trick is to eat small meals or snacks frequently throughout the day. This way,
you won't ever really feel hungry, and you'll be able to resist all those
grains and high-sugar foods that will sabotage your healthy diet. Fill up on
all the nutritious foods, like healthy meat, raw milk cheese, vegetables,
coconut or some berries, that you want and you won't feel that you're missing
Buy a Special Holiday Outfit
This tip can work for both men and women. Whether you decide to indulge in a new
blouse, dress or a special shirt and tie, purchase something that you are
really looking forward to wearing and that you feel good about. When you feel
good about yourself on the outside, it will help you to respect yourself from
the inside and you'll be less inclined to reach for the pumpkin pie.
Get Some Fresh Air
Taking a quick walk outside will not only give you a quick burst of energy, it
will also take your mind off of food. By the time you come back inside, you'll
feel invigorated and your food cravings will likely be diminished. Taking a
walk after dinner is also a great idea. Moving around will help your meal to
digest and reduce your chance of becoming sluggish or tired.
Make Some Nutritious Dishes
With a little creativity you can create healthy holiday foods that taste great
and will fit right in with the traditional fare. Some basic changes can make
your holiday meals much more nutritious. Instead of potatoes and bread, have a
variety of healthy vegetable side dishes. If you must have potatoes, use sweet
potatoes or even mashed cauliflower. And, make sure that you choose healthy
meat that is not filled with antibiotics and hormones.
Deal With Your Emotions
Many of your food cravings have nothing to do with physical cravings and are
actually emotionally based. You may associate certain holiday foods with the
comfort of your childhood and be tempted to overeat them to try and regain that
sense of comfort. Or, the stress of the holidays may be behind your overeating.
For these types of cravings, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is remarkably
effective. EFT blends the power of positive thinking and affirmations with
principles adopted from Eastern medical practices, particularly acupuncture. In
acupuncture the specific "energy points" in the body are manipulated toward
rebalancing the body's bioenergy system. In EFT, these energy points are simply
tapped, as it has been found that simply applying this pressure, without
inserting any needles, will produce the desired effect. So this "tapping" is
done in concert with repeating positive affirmations, and corny as it may
appear, the results are profound.
It's Just Another Meal
Focus on the real meaning of the holidays and you'll quickly see that family and
friends are at the center. Take advantage of this time with your loved ones,
and look forward to talking and being with those who you care about, rather
than focusing on food. Your perceptions will have a great impact. If you think
that you should eat a lot just because it's Christmas, then you probably will.
However, if you look at it as though it is just another meal, then it will be
easier to keep your eating habits under control.