Healthy, Happy Holiday Tips for You!

Youza!  I am literally in shock and awe that Christmas is next week and we are winding our way down to 2013. This is a unique time packed with gatherings and celebrations. "Tis the season to be jolly" so the saying goes. However, often times we take that phrase to heart indulging in every holiday gathering and party we go to, with the justification that, "Well, it's the holidays, I'm supposed to be indulging!"

Unfortunately, before you know it, you have packed on the pounds, feel bloated, fat, cranky...and far from "jolly"!

So, to navigate this tricky season of yummy treats, here are a few tips to decrease the impact of what goes from your lips to your hips!

  1. Shake it Up! Before you go out to a party or gathering, have a protein shake (whey,rice or pea protein) with organic berries, coconut milk (no sugar added) and ground flax or chia seed.  This will keep you satiated and less likely to reach for excessive sweets. When your brain things you are full, sweets will be less tempting.
  2. 3 Bites are Alright! If you MUST have that yummy holiday treat, keep it to three small bites. This will reduce your sense of deprivation.
  3. Swap for Chopped! Stick to chopped veggies and healthy dips such as hummus and guacamole. Super tasty and loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber to slow stomach emptying and keep your blood sugar balanced.  A great way to make sure options like this are available is to just bring your own to share with others.  That’s the spirit of the holidays!
  4. Eat For Real First! Avoid eating sweets on an empty stomach.  When you eat sweets on an empty stomach it results in a steep rise in glucose (blood sugar) which then triggers the release of insulin which is a fat storage hormone that packs on weight around the belly.  Instead eat a meal balanced in protein, non-starchy carbs and healthy fats.  THEN treat yourself to those 3 Bites!
  5. 1 to 2 Rule If you DO have a cocktail, drink 2 glasses of water for every cocktail to help dilute it and flush the alcohol through your system.  Better yet, opt for a sparkling water with a slice of lemon. You'll feel better for it in the morning!

These are just a few tips for helping you to "eat, drink and be merry", but not suffer the consequences of what goes from your lips to your hips this holiday season!

Happy, Healthy Holiday Wishes to You!

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