Friday, December 9, 2016

Tame Holiday Hunger

The holiday season is in full swing and every special event includes special treats. To help you manage and enjoy Christmas and abundant food, pay attention to your hunger signals.

Allow ample time to eat
People who eat slowly are more aware of what they are eating. This allows you to sense your feelings of hunger and fullness. Peaceful eating enables you to fully enjoy the sensation and flavor of the food, contributing to feelings of satisfaction. Think of it this way: if you quickly scarf that brownie while standing next to the dessert buffet, does that mean it has less calories? In addition, by eating quickly, you have just deprived yourself of the opportunity to really enjoy it.

Start your meal (event, party, etc) with 16 oz of water
Because water stays in the stomach for awhile, it helps reduce feelings of hunger and increase feelings of fullness. People who drank water beforehand consumed 75 to 90 fewer calories during a meal.

Eat breakfast
You may be tempted to skip the morning meal to "save up" calories for the upcoming party. This causes the body to go into starvation mode and metabolism slows. After fasting all night, your body needs fuel. Choose foods with staying power such as a veggie omelet with fruit or steel cut oats. Eating breakfast may reduce food cravings and prevent overeating.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and 
Enjoy Your Food

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