It is a known fact that if you place food in front of most people, they tend to eat it all, even if they are not hungry. This is especially the case during the festive season when there is plenty of food and drink around to tempt us. It is just the way we are wired.
Eating too much food in one sitting is hard on the body. Here is why:
- Food is meant to be eaten throughout the day. Overdosing on too much food at once causes pain, upset, and sluggish digestion.
- A surge of glucose is released into your blood. Your pancreas has to work overtime, pumping insulin through the body to absorb all that extra glucose. This can make you feel light headed, weak, irritable, or cause headaches.
- Thinking there is some type of emergency, your adrenal glands go into “fight or flight” mode and release adrenaline and cortisol, which is the body’s natural response to stress. As a result glucosamine will be released from the liver and your blood sugar level will rise.
- When your blood sugar levels finally plummet, you experience cravings for more food – especially for simple carbohydrates or sweets.
- Research has found that immune system function is affected for at least five hours after consuming large amounts of simple carbohydrates.
How to indulge the healthy way at Christmas?
You might want to have a look at my 6 week healthy eating programme or the 3 week The Successful Mindset to EatWright course. If you book before 15 January 2018 there will be a 10%discount on the 6 week programme and an extra half hour session with the experts for the 3 week course. Send me an email if you would like to take advantage of this offer.
- Don’t over order – go for salads, soups, and appetisers, which are typically more reasonably sized than starters.
- Choose high-fibre foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains to keep you feeling full and energised.
- Chew well to aid digestion and give your brain time to register you’re full before you overeat.
- Get enough water. Often we mistake thirst for hunger.
- Carry your own snacks. Stock up on snack-sized containers and fill them with crudités, nuts or home-made biscuits.
- Pace yourself on Christmas day, eat small portions and give your body time to digest your food before going for second and third helpings.
- While having alcohol, match it with a glass of water to keep yourself hydrated as alcohol can be dehydrating. It will also prevent a hangover.
- Keep up with your exercise regime through the holidays. This will help you burn off any excess junk food you indulged in.
- Be aware there will be an increase in sugary foods available i.e. desserts, chocolates etc. Try to make your own dessert using healthier options of sweeteners. Plenty of examples in my recipe book…
- If you anticipate putting on weight in December, and you decide beforehand to go on a diet in January, you give yourself permission to eat everything you want. Before you know it, you will have put on 5-10 pounds rather than the 2 pounds you allowed yourself
Remember, even though it’s Christmas, treat your body with love and kindness and it will love you back and function at its best!
Enjoy the festive season and promise me not to go on a diet in the New Year. 90-95% of diets fail in the long term. It is far better to change your lifestyle if you want to improve your health, fitness and waistline.
And this is where I can help you.
- Do you want to get rid of your sugar cravings and sugar addiction?
- Do you have health issues such as Diabetes 2, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol or another medical condition?
- Are you fed up with taking medication?
- Or have you tried every diet under the sun and still not managed to maintain your weight?
Wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas and Health, Happiness and Prosperity for 2018
To better health,