More Isn’t Always Merrier
‘Tis the season for overeating. Between holiday work parties, family gatherings and get-togethers with friends, it seems impossible to leave the house without running into a cheese tray. Over-indulging during the holidays not only packs calories on our gut but also leaves you feeling gassy, bloated and sluggish. Follow these tips and enjoy the spirit of the holidays without the guilt of a tight belt.
Take it Easy
Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to breaking down holiday treats. Research shows slow eaters have better digestion and feel fuller, faster. What’s their big secret? Thorough chewing increases blood flow to the stomach and gut, helping break down your hearty feast. Make sure you’re practicing mindful eating and enjoying every bite. One easy way to avoid wolfing down calories is to take a break before seconds. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to realize you’re full, so pump the brakes after your first plate and you may not need a second.
Don’t Skip Meals
You aren’t doing yourself any favors skipping breakfast to save room for your big feast. Research shows people who eat breakfast consume fewer calories throughout the rest of the day and are less likely to snack in between. This isn’t exactly news for most people, but it can be easy to miss a meal when the hectic holidays are in full swing. Set aside time in the morning sit down and enjoy a healthy breakfast of whole grains and vegetables.
Learn to Say No (And When Not To)
Tempting food is all around us during the holidays, and most of it isn’t as nutritious as an apple. It's hard to say no, especially with Aunt Linda pushing her “famous” pumpkin pie in your face. Saying no in a positive way helps you avoid extra calories without offending sweet Aunt Linda. The next time someone waves a third helping in your face it doesn’t hurt to say “No thanks. It was so delicious I’m out of room.” But denying yourself your favorite foods will only leave you craving more. Prioritize your top dishes and stick to the plan.
Have a Back-Up Plan
Let’s face it, you’re going to do some eating. And you may slip up and feel as round as Frosty the Snowman. Don’t punish yourself when that time comes – reach for some relief at Lewis. Your neighborhood pharmacy has great deals on digestive support, Anti-Acid tablets and soothing teas. You can also ask a Lewis pharmacist to help you find the best products to get your tummy back on the nice list.