Don’t sabotage your diet this holiday season
Splurging on your favorite foods is part of the holiday program, right? Well, to an extent. Here are some tips to help control your holiday cravings and reduce the likelihood of overeating at your next big feast.
- Eat slowly and select three healthy food items (vegetables, fruits, high-fiber dishes) before digging into a comfort food. I call this the “3-to-1” strategy.
- Don’t starve yourself or skip a meal in preparation for a party that night. You’ll be more likely to overeat.
- Learn to recognize your hunger level, with 1 being extremely hungry and 10 being beyond full. The goal is to stop eating when you’ve reached a level of 6.
- Find an alternative to eating, such as exercising, connecting with friends or taking a warm bath.
- Get your sleep. When you’re tired, you have less resolve. Be aware of “HALT” feelings that often lead to overeating, which include times when you’re Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.
- Pay attention. Eat mindfully. And stop before you’re completely full. There are a lot of temptations this time of year: appetizers, dinner rolls, alcohol, rich entrées, dessert, eggnog. Choose one or two of those foods or drinks to indulge in during your special occasion. And remember, “You just can’t have it all!”
- Control your Blood Sugar – control your cravings. This should be your mantra. If you can control your blood sugar levels with the right food choices and exercise, you will not have food or sugar cravings. Take the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal (or drink) to control blood sugar and prevent unnecessary cravings.