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Everything You Need To Know To Avoid Overeating This Holiday Season

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving which kicks off this holidays season. With that said, I know it’s a day for people to go a little crazy when it comes to eating only to beat themselves immediately after. Does this sound familiar? Here are some tips to avoiding those guilty feelings while having your pie and eating it too, literally!

  1. Don’t go all day without eating!
    • If you think you’re saving yourself the extra calorie on a day like Thanksgiving by not eating all day, think again.
    • You know what happens when you starve yourself… you get hangry!
    • We just end up eating ravenously the minute the meal starts and don’t take breaks. Leading us to eat more than we probably would have if we just ate regularly the whole day.
  2. Eat slowly-
    • Did you know it takes your brain 20 minutes to register that you’re actually full?
    • Take small bites, set your fork down and don’t pick it up until you have completely swallowed and chewed your food.
    • This will allow you to eat less while you’re waiting for your brain to get the signal that you’re full.
    • *Bonus* this also helps with digestion. Chewing your food longer allows it get all the digestive enzymes in your saliva plus makes it smaller and easier for your stomach to digest and the rest of the way down.
  3. Stay hydrated!
    • Did you know that hunger can often mask thirst?
    • When you’re dehydrated your body feels drained of energy.
    • You often think that you need food to give you energy when in reality you may just be dehydrated.
    • If you’ve recently eaten, drink a big glass of water before you decide to eat more.
    • If that doesn’t help then, get up and move.
    • If you still feel sluggish maybe you just didn’t eat enough.
  4. Save the cocktail for dessert.
    • You actually tend to eat more food while your sipping and eating.
    • To avoid this, stay strong and save that cocktail for dessert.
  5. Get to the party a little bit late.
    • Don’t be rude of course.
    • Showing up a little bit late will save the time you may be snacking out of boredom or while you’re waiting for the meal to be served.
    • Plus, you can avoid some awkward conversations with people you don’t know if you’re not one of the first people there.
  6. Volunteer to bring something
    • Holiday parties tend to have some delicious not so healthy snacks.
    • If you know you’re a sucker for these, you should offer to bring something that’s a little healthier.
    • That way you have some control, know that there will be something healthy and can load up on that and have a little bit of everything else.
  7. Start your meal with some fiber filled foods
    • Foods like fruits and vegetables are great to have before a meal.
    • The fiber helps fill you up faster by slowing down digestion and keeps you full longer.
    • Start your dinner with a nice big delicious salad- those creamy dressings don’t count, sorry!
  8. Use the 4-7 rule
    • I love this rule. You always try eating between a 4 and 7.
    • 4 means that you’re hungry but would be ok with waiting 20-30 minutes to eat
    • 7 means that you could probably eat more but you would be satisfied if you stopped now.
    • 8 and up means that you ate too much and are reaching the point of being uncomfortably hungry
    • 3 and below means you’re ravenously hungry. And we all know what happens when that’s the case!
  9. Let yourself enjoy everything!
    • If you want a piece of pie, then eat it!
    • Don’t restrict yourself of the delicious food life offers.
    • Have it, enjoy it and don’t beat yourself up
    • Eventually, you will find that when you allow yourself small indulgences in the form of your comfort food it won’t feel so bad and you will slowly stop overindulging.
      • I’m proud of myself for having double chocolate cookies in my cupboard for over a week now. I would have finished the whole pack in one day a year ago!

Xo!

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Why I shouldn’t have made a snap judgement

Hi All! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I haven’t had much personal time since school started. I am loving every bit of it though and wouldn’t change a thing!

There’s one thing that has been on my mind lately that I wanted to share.

I recently saw a commercial on TV for a reality show called My Big Fat Fabulous Life. I’ve never watched the show so I really don’t know what it’s about but it got me thinking. I know there has been a lot out there about body shaming whether you’re small or large… we should all love ourselves no matter what our body looks like and I can admit I’ve struggled over that recently but no one is perfect. It did get me thinking that no matter your size it’s still incredibly important to make sure you’re making healthful food choices as well as finding actives activities you enjoy doing.

** I will mention that I know obesity and being overweight isn’t something that just happens. There’s a lot more that goes into it than just food. Many times people have other health problems that make it sometimes impossible to keep the weight off or they have other emotional issues. I am not getting down on anyone here.

No matter our size it doesn’t make it alright to go out and eat what ever we want. You can be bigger and be healthy and smaller and not so healthy but one thing to pay attention to is the foods you’re eating and think about what health problems those may lead to in the future. No matter your size, you still want to be healthy and that doesn’t mean having a perfect fit body… what ever that may be. That means feeling good about yourself inside and out and by making the right choices from being active to what you put on your plate and in your body.

While I was¬†writing this blog I did check out a bit of her show on YouTube and I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised. From the short commercial I saw I assumed her show was all about her embracing her size and possibly sending a mixed message of loving yourself for you are but at the same time promoting a less than healthful lifestyle. What I saw was the opposite. She has PCOS which is not easy to deal with, she’s pre-diabetic and she loves dancing. She’s started a dance class to encourage bigger women to move and exercise as well as showing her journey to kick pre-diabetes to curb. Just shows you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. I think she will raise a lot of awareness for people to start taking better care of themselves as well being very relatable to most of the country who unfortunately happens to be overweight.

So, no matter your size remember that the key to feeling good and living a long healthful life is to move more, pay attention to what’s on your plate and find creative ways to deal with stress and make time for yourself.

My Sunday thoughts… Have a lovely week!

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