Thanksgiving has come and gone...the holidays are here. With baked goods everywhere and parties a-plenty, it's common to gain a few pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. Looking to enjoy the festivities without too many repercussions? Here are five tricks to keep yourself on track this holiday season:
Eat mindfully. Turn off the tv and step away from your smart phone. Savor each bite and enjoy the tastes and textures of your food.
I like to move it, move it. Don't forget to exercise! Moving the body has obvious connections to weight, but also releases the stress hormones that can trigger sugar cravings.
Don't eat when sad. Emotional distress typically prompts less healthy choices, mindless eating, and a pull toward sweets. According to Ayurveda (an ancient Indian life science), eating when down does not support healthy digestion.
Check your cravings. Craving sweets can be sign of an emotional imbalance. See if you can delay the indulgence and spend a minute asking yourself what is truly going on and what other solutions you might have - call a friend, take a bath, or go for a walk.
Keep your fridge and pantry stocked. Make sure you have plenty of healthy snacks in the house. When you're hungry, you'll have good choices ready. Healthy options also help distinguish between real hunger and a craving (see above).
For more information on emotional eating versus mindful eating, check out this article.