The best way to lose weight is to keep from gaining it in the first place. With that said, I always find this time of year a little stressful when it comes to food. What about you? It seems as if you have been doing just fine eating your fruits and vegetables and making good food choices and all of a sudden, here comes Thanksgiving, Holiday parties, Christmas and New Year's Eve.
I call this time of year the "grand slam" of food. It it is a tough time of year for many. So what is the best way to handle this eating onslaught if you want to stay on track and keep-up your healthy eating habits?
Here are my three top tips:
- Keep Stress Low
This maybe the most important itip of all. Keeping stress low will reduce your desire to overeat. Learn to say "no" to a party or get together if you feel stressed about it. Getting enough sleep and staying well rested will keep your cortisol and inflammation levels low.
- Maintain Your Exercise Program
All year long, your exercise program has offered strong benefits to your physical and mental health. When you need it most, make sure to continue those healthy habits that have served you well up until now. It is OK if exercise is sporadic or even every day for several days on a row. Exercise when you can is my motto.
- The Single Plate Rule
The typical party is full of distracted eating (eating while talking) and over grazing leaving you with no idea of how much you really ate. Instead of grazing all night, take a plate and put a reasonable amount of food on it. Go and sit down and enjoy your food. This is a much better way to enjoy the party and not hate yourself in the morning for eating too much food.
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