During the holidays, we all tend to eat or drink a little more than we typically do.
No matter what the food or beverage is—sugar-free, fat-free or not—the unnecessary calories can slow you down and make you feel guilty. Sometimes, you actually don’t enjoy yourself like you should because you’re too busy beating yourself up for cheating on your diet.
Take it easy on yourself. Enjoy holiday gatherings by simply eating more responsibly.
A Belly Full Of Water
During the holidays, remember to drink plenty of water.
Drinking lots of water can often satisfy your hunger for the foods that you normally wouldn’t eat. Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. writes in his book Your Body’s Many Cries for Water,
Many persons confuse their thirst with hunger. Thinking they have consumed enough ‘water’ from their soda, they assume they are hungry and begin to eat more than their body needs for food. In due time, dehydration will cause a gradual gain in weight from overeating as a direct result of confusion of thirst and hunger sensations.”
So during your next holiday gathering, drink a glass of water before you’re tempted to have another piece of pie—see if your hunger goes away!
Eat The Right Kind Of Carbs
A huge tip for holiday parties is eating the right kind of carbs. There are two types of carbohydrates:
Complex carbs: these are “the Good Guys.” These carbs are made in nature, and are disaccharides and polysaccharides (natural sugars).
Complex carbs are found in vegetables, greens and fruits.
Simple carbs: these are “the Bad Guys”—most are manmade, and are monosaccharides (simple sugars and artificial sweeteners).
Simple carbs are found in potatoes, corn, refined grains and grain products, refined pasta, processed foods, baked goods, refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Natural foods include whole grains, raw foods, complex carbs, unprocessed sugars, and healthy fats.
When you eat mostly natural foods during the holidays, you won’t feel tired or sluggish, your pants won’t feel tight, and you’ll wake up the next morning feeling fine.
Most natural foods have no artificial sugars, no hydrogenized fats or oils, and no processed grains or unnatural preservatives.
Your healthier processed food products will be made with naturally milled organic sugar, organic honey, organic molasses, organic oat flour, barley flour, and organic ground nuts. The only “preservative” is typically vitamin E, which is usually added for freshness.
And when you eat mostly real, natural food, you’ll feel fuller after you eat.
You’ll be amazed when eating more fresh and natural that you don’t need to sprinkle sugar or an artificial sweetener on your food because it already tastes sweet. This proves to you that over-processed foods have little taste, so they require artificial chemicals and sweeteners to restore their original flavor.
So, for all holiday-goers out there, the next get-together you go to, choose the freshest raw foods on the buffet instead of the tempting foods full of fake chemical fillers and little nutrition.
You’ll notice an improvement in how you feel the next day, and you’ll discover how to better enjoy the holidays.
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