Sometimes we over indulge on extra sweets and specialty foods that only come out during the holidays. We convince ourselves that it is only once a year and we deserve to enjoy the “fruits” of the season. The question is- what happens to us once the holidays are over and we keep craving those goodies? We step on the scale and notice we are carrying Grandma’s pie or Mom’s cookies right around the middle and those new pants we just bought won’t zip! Argh! What do we do when we can’t stop eating?
First, have a talk with the reflection in the mirror. Instead of getting down on yourself, ask yourself this question, “what one thing can I do to turn this around?” Yes, those were delicious treats, but now it is time to undo the damage I did. What can I do?
- Can you raise the amount of protein and vegetables in your meal and cut down or out the starchy foods like pasta, bread or potatoes? After a couple of days raising the protein, you will start to notice that you feel more satisfied and can last longer without hunger.
- Can you drink more water to flush out the excess sugars you are accumulating due to the bread, cereal, potatoes and pasta?The body requires plenty of water to function properly. As a suggestion, you may want to try consuming 1/2 your body weight in ounces.
- Check your emotions- are you eating because you are bored? Do you miss the commotion or camaraderie typically experienced during the holidays? Or are you emotionally eating because you spent too much over the holidays?
Whatever your reason, make a commitment to do one thing better for yourself. Plan out your meals for a few days ahead of time and keep it fresh and easy. If you need a snack, try using half a protein shake or a few of those small shrimp like some of our PNS Turbo-1000 clients do. They love this and it definitely helps their weight loss as it keeps the hunger bug away.