Rest up. Yes, we know it’s a hectic time of year and between the shopping, cooking, wrapping and holiday celebrations, you may think there’s just no time for sleep. However, sleep is necessary this holiday season, especially for your health and controlling weight gain. Those who get five hours or less of sleep tend to have lower levels of leptin, a hormone that controls how you feel. When you’re tired, you feel hungrier and less satisfied after meals.
Give the gift of leftovers. After hosting a holiday party, package the leftovers in some festive tupperware and pass out to your attendees as they leave. This will relieve you from those endless leftovers that you can’t help but reach for every time you feel the slightest bit hungry.
Don’t play the “off-limits” game. It’s ok to satisfy your cravings with a small portion of that cheesy potato casserole. Don’t fight the irresistible cravings as it can lead to a binge later. It’s all about portion control while satisfying your tastebuds.
Forget fasting before parties. Often times, we try to avoid food hours before a party so we can dive into those dips and apps shortly after arriving. This is not a good idea. Do not show up to a party with a delicious array food and an empty stomach. Try snacking on some raw veggies or nuts a couple hours before your holiday gathering.
Chew some gums. When baking your traditional holiday desserts, try chewing gum to avoid the constant sampling of your homemade treats. We understand, it’s easy to lick the icing off the spoon or sneak a bite of that cookie dough. But remember, chewing gum to the rescue!
Chase with sparkling water. Alternate holiday cocktails with a glass of sparkling water to avoid an overload of calories while still enjoying the bubbly. You’ll feel less bloated and less of a hangover the next day.
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