Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Holidays

Well its that time of the year again. How will you avoid over indulging during the holidays? I know I myself have a pretty hard time with this. I always look forward to my annual soft cleanse every January because I always end up feeling sluggish post-holidays. Here are a few tricks you can try to keep that urge to overeat at bay: 1. Have a small healthy snack before dinner, a small handful of nuts, an apple, half a serving of Shakeology, a P90X bar, something to take the edge off your hungry yet low calories and nutritious. If nothing else, drink a large glass of water instead. 2. Don't hang out where the finger foods are. Go in another room to socialize. If you do decide to have some appetizers, don't over do it. Remember there will still be lots more food to try later! 3. Chew your food well and enjoy it. Don't multitask here. Take your time, savory with all your senses. 4. Stay hydrated. We tend to overeat when we are thirsty. At the very minimum you want to shoot for at least 8 8 ounces per day. If you are asked to bring a dish to a party or you are cooking it all yourself there are many small simple steps you can take to make any dish more healthy. When I bake I never use sugar. You can use many different healthy options here, agave nectar is my favorite because its super concentrated and it doesn't spike your blood sugar. Honey is another good alterative. I also substitute at least half the butter in baking with applesauce. It even makes your baked goods more moist as well! When I cook I never use table salt either. You can completely eliminate salt by using other herbs instead or when you feel salt is definitely needed use a more pure salt that hasn't been stripped of all its minerals. I personally love Himalayan salt. If you have any other suggestions please feel free to share them.