Beat The Christmas Bulge
Beat The Christmas Bulge
The festive season is fast approaching and with it comes an onslaught of unhealthy rich foods, long sofa bound days, and sugar filled treats.
All of this can really challenge our self-care. Many folks seem to mindlessly eat. They get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that they’ve no real clue of how much they ate, drank, what tasted yum and what didn’t.
So to help you stay ahead, and avoid having to loosen your belt a notch or two in the coming weeks, I’ve compiled 10 easy bulge busting tips to keep you healthy over the Christmas period and beyond.
Let’s get started …
Look After Your Liver
The liver is one of the most important organs in your body. It helps to get rid of toxins and where do toxins get stored? in fat. During Christmas, your liver gets bombarded with toxins from alcohol, sugar, additives and other nasties. A really simple way to give it some extra TLC is with a liver formula such as this one from Nature’s Sunshine.
Drink lots of pure filtered water. This is such an easy tip. It’s free, and it will help flush out those nasty toxins.
Eat Your Greens
Pile on the plant based foods. I’m sure you know that you should be eating a rainbow of vegetables. Fibrous vegetables will ensure that you get adequate nutrients, as well as reducing your bloat and keeping you fuller for longer.
Use Smaller Crockery
Another sneaky way that junk food makes it’s way into our tummies is via oversized plates and glasses. It’s human nature just to fill it up. Choose smaller crockery and glasses to keep an eagle eye on your portions.
Make Smart Food Choices
Choose fish, meats, salads, fresh fruit and vegetables. Avoid the processed carbs such as bread, pasta, and pizza. They will make you feel sluggish and bloated.
Research The Buffet Table
Walk around the buffet table to see what’s on offer. Get the lay of the land before you choose and commit. By doing this you’ll avoid piling excessive amounts of food onto your plate and/or making poor food choices. It might sound a little tree huggy but make-up your plate with ‘intention’ and ‘mindfulness’.
Sit Away From The Food.
It’s not a good idea to be within arms reach of the buffet. You’re more likely to snack. Instead, go to the opposite end of the room. That way you’ll have to consciously make a trip back for more.
Slow Down & Chew
Do you ever notice how people seem to mindlessly shovel their food down? Slow down and chew. Chewing allows you to really taste your food and digest it better. But also it gives your tummy time to signal to your brain that it’s full so your less likely to overeat. Pace yourself, and put your fork down between bites. Simple.
Be Restaurant Savvy
Do some prior research. Look at the menu online and pick out the foods that will keep you on track. Also don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Afterall, it’s your meal. Swap new potatoes, chips and jacket for sweet potatoes. Ask for a side salad or steamed vegetables. And avoid the bread basket. If you get offered just say no. It’s a lot easier to avoid temptation when it’s not on the table.
Make A Plate Up, Don’t Pick
I know you’re probably keen to sample everything, and there’s nothing wrong with that but if you choose food straight from the serving dish to your mouth with no plate it’s a lot harder to keep track of your intake. Agreed? so plate up, sit down and enjoy.
Using the tips above will give you a great head start.
Now I’d love to hear from you.
Have these tips helped? Anything you’d like to add? And which ones are you going to try?
Remember “incite without action is worthless” so take away these nuggets and act on them at your next soiree.
Love Alexandra x