Fall is officially upon us, and that means the holidays are just around the corner. And THAT means that in just a few weeks, many of us will be shoving all sorts of unhealthy foods into our mouths.
Giving into sugary and fatty temptations is okay – in MODERATION. But during the holidays it seems like most of us are put under some sort of spell and all self-control seems to go out the window. Before we know it, we’ve eaten thousands and thousands of calories, most of which have come from straight up sugar! When January rolls around, we’ve packed on an extra 5-7 pounds.
Does this scenario sound familiar to you? If so, you’ll want to read this blog post all the way to the end so you can learn how to control yourself and eat sensibly this holiday season.
Let’s dig in!
When our body becomes dehydrated, it sends signals to our brain so we start craving salty foods. Why does this happen?
Well, you probably think that hydration has everything to do with drinking plenty of water. But really, hydration has more to do with ensuring you have the proper balance of electrolytes in your body.
When we sweat, we lose our important electrolytes like sodium, potassium and magnesium. Then, in an effort to “stay hydrated,” we drink a ton of water, and even more electrolytes get flushed out of our body. As a result, we feel incredibly thirsty so we drink more and more water and flush more and more electrolytes out.
Your body craves salty foods because it is crying out for sodium. There are supplements that help you safely replace these important electrolytes. A quick search on Amazon will turn up many products that will help you balance your electrolytes out.
Also, using Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt, instead of table salt, which has been stripped of minerals, will help keep your electrolytes in check so you don’t binge eat this holiday.
Don’t Make Things Hard on Yourself
To eat sensibly during the holidays, you’re going to have to use SOME restraint. While it’s fine to have that pumpkin pie on T-day, no one is pointing a gun at your head and forcing you to spend $150 at Walmart to buy chips, donuts, cookies, brownies and ice cream AND that pumpkin pie.
You’ll have a much easier time saying no to cravings during the holidays if you don’t stuff your cupboards and fridge full of deviant foods!
Don’t Get Too Hungry
When we’re really hungry, we tend to make really stupid food choices. This is especially true during the holidays. You skip lunch to “make room” for the dinner you’re having at your aunt’s house. By the time dinner comes, you’ve already eaten five dinner rolls and bowls of chips and dip. Of course, this doesn’t stop you from going for seconds on the mashed potatoes and have three slices of pie!
The moral of the story is: don’t skip meals. And if you need to snack to stave off that hunger, go for healthier snacks like veggies and dip or fruit and cheese.
Most of us deal with stress year-round, but it seems to really get kicked up a notch during the holidays. And when we’re feeling stressed, it’s all too easy for us to make bad food choices.
Do your best to fight stress this holiday season. Take time from the hustle and bustle for yourself. Exercise. Meditate. Listen to your favorite music and/or take hot baths in Epsom salt.
Another great way to beat stress is to take ginseng. Ginseng has been found by many studies to beat the effects of stress on the body.
Our Golden Royal Honey contains Panax Ginseng and other natural ingredients that have been shown to help with stress, infertility, and even erectile dysfunction! Plus, eating some of our honey will satisfy your sweet tooth, so you won’t automatically reach for all those pies and cakes!
This holiday season, if you follow these tips, you should be able to have fun, but not the kind of fun that leads to packing on an extra 15 pounds!