Holiday Survival Tips

December 5th, 2013 by Live Well Omaha Kids

This guest blog is by Kailey Smith, Health Solutions Health Coach/Wellness Program Coordinator

The holiday season is upon us and it brings with it many decadent temptations. From egg nog at a holiday party to Christmas cookies at the kids’ school event, our waistlines fight an uphill battle this time of year. However, not all hope is lost. Use these helpful tips and tricks to keep those pesky pounds at bay this holiday season.

1. Eat Before Going Out

Never go to a holiday gathering on an empty stomach. Many people try to “save up” calories for a big meal by not eating much before. This is the worst mistake you can make. Going to a party hungry leaves you susceptible to needing a quick energy fix which will make your body crave simple carbs and sugars. Munch on a banana or a handful of nuts before the party to keep you from heading straight to the chips and dips and overindulging.

2. Kill the Sugar Craving

Our crave cycle typically last 10 minutes. When you have a craving for a sweet try and look for alternatives such as peppermint tea or a piece of fruit. If that isn’t an option distract yourself with a task such as talking to a friend or cleaning a dish. Often times you will find the craving subsides and you weren’t truly hungry for it in the first place.

3. Water, Water, Water!

Often times when we are hungry it is actually our body’s way of telling us we are dehydrated. Try to keep a glass of water with you at all holiday gatherings and drink 8 oz. of water before any large meal.

4. Slow Down

It takes about 20 minutes for our stomachs to let our brains know that we are full. When eating a big meal make it a social event. Take time to chat with family and friends. Put down your fork in between bites to extend the meal and give your body time to decide it is full.

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