Monday, December 19, 2011

Conquer Your Cravings!

The time between Thanksgiving and New Years is the period when most people put on a couple of extra pounds.
Here is a list of ways to avoid gaining extra weight this holiday season.

1. Assess your diet. Cravings can be a sign that your diet is deficient of a nutrient.

2. Eat a protein packed snack or small meal every 3 hours.

3. Drink more water! The sensations of thirst and hunger come from the same portion of our brain, the hypothalamus, which is why we often mistake being thirsty for being hungry.

4. Work out! Exercise, fats, and carbs all release endorphins. "Indulge" in a few extra minutes of cardio.

5. Replace your sweet treats with whole fruit and salty treats with whole, unsalted nuts.

6. Clean up your favorite junk food by using egg whites instead of whole eggs or stevia instead of sugar for example! Visit websites like Muscle and Fitness Hers, Oxygen Magazine, and Busy Girl Healthy Life for delicious guilt free recipes!

7. Follow the 80/20 plan. Eat healthy 80% of the time and whatever you want 20% of the time.

8. Eat breakfast! After 7-8 hours of sleep, your body is running on E. Start your day with a breakfast packed with a healthy balance of protein, carbs, and fats like my Cinnamon Raisin Protein Pancake.

9. Don't eat it if it is not something you would normally have. Save your cheats from something you really enjoy.

10. Eat it. It is safer to have a small indulgence instead of ignoring the feeling and binge eating (potentially purging) later on.

11. If you cannot pronounce or define something listed as an ingredient, put it down. It definitely does not belong in your body!

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