This time of the year is supposed to be celebrated, to hang out with family and friends, and try to have as much fun as you can. No one can actually resist holiday homemade food. Prepared with so much love and care, they are ready to make every one of us gain some extra pounds and forget about the diets and staying in shape. Did you know that the average weight a person usually adds during this special time of the year is about 5 pounds! OK, relax, leave the anxiety behind and prepare yourself to take some new, professional measures to skip this nightmare on this year’s holiday.
We know the tips we have gathered for you will work because they will not make you feel deprived during holiday celebrations. They also, are ease manageable and do not require some extraordinary actions to be fully followed. Inspired from some of the best experts in this field, we are ready to teach you some clever ways how to eat and choose wisely from the holiday table without the need to suffer.
Here are the healthiest ways to stay in shape and still enjoy the party without having to sacrifice your body:
Trick you mind
By tricking your mind, experts recommend to try and think “small”. You have to convince yourself that you are in control of everything you eat and enjoy. Chose smaller servings and don’t choose the biggest pieces you see on the table. When having the meal on your personal plate, try to take smaller bites and eat slowly.
By doing this, your mind will be tricked in the right way. Remember, the brain needs almost 20 minutes to process the fact that you’re eating. And then, hunger starts disappearing without you needed to eat all that food you were thinking before you start consuming it.
Try to sleep a night before
Some recent studies have come to the conclusion that adult who do not get enough sleep during the night (at least seven hours), tend to eat 400 calories more the next day.
Don’t have to be so surprised…Is the body’s natural need to reserve as much energy as it can, especially when in lack. That is why if you are not fully rested, you will probably get tempted to choose the richest in carb and protein foods.
You don’t have to try all kind of holiday type of foods
Just because its holiday doesn’t mean you have to try all kind of foods you see on the table. Try to choose wisely. Try to ask yourself a simple question: do I really like this food or I have to try it just because the tradition requires me to? Is pumpkin pie something I would die if I don’t eat a decent piece of it?
Well, the answer is no. You will not die J. Just because is cooked, and you may see everyone else trying it out, doesn’t mean you have to eat it….
Try to balance the food
When eating rich in carbohydrates, proteins, sugar and fat foods, our body becomes acidic. Try to balance the food you eat especially during holidays in order to prevent the body’s natural chemistry processes from destroying your balanced fluids.
The best thing to do is to eat as many acidic foods, like lemons and green vegetables. In this way, you prevent your body from becoming alkaline. Try to focus on a simple rule: at least 2/3 of your plate should contain acidic and keep your body’s pH balanced.
Don’t hesitate to eat a decent breakfast
Ok, let’s assume today is Christmas day. Wherever you’ll be celebrating, you know the table will be full of good and delicious homemade food right? The smartest thing to do is to take some pre-measures. Start your day by eating a large breakfast. After all, it’s morning, you are supposed to be eating a lot in order to start your day properly.
Don’t try to eat light and save space for the upcoming meals. By eating a good, decent breakfast, and then a normal lunch, you pretty much have prepared your body to not see the food on the holiday table as something magical. You will be more focused and will be able to choose only the ones you really like. Also, we can assure you won’t be filling your plate too much!