Top of the morning to you darling.
How you doing?
The holiday season is officially here. With it comes gifts, vacation and FOOD! Oh yes, food glorious food. But just before you let yourself loose and swim in that pot of tasty stew, skim quickly through today’s short post on my top tips for staying trim during the festive season. Not possible? I disagree and these are my reasons….
Use A Smaller Plate
This is a simple trick to help you eat in smaller portions. This will restrict how much food you allow yourself. This way you enjoy the delicious meals available without eating too much and accumulating excess weight by the end of the holiday period.
I do this personally and boy does it work! Drink at least a glass of water before each meal. This will fill your belly up almost halfway, leaving less space to be filled with food. Your stomach is just about the size of your fist, don’t feed to the size of your head. LOL.
Chewing slower will help you eat less on the long run because it takes your brain 15-20 minutes to register that you feel full. The hormones (Leptin and Ghrelin) that regulate your appetite need time to kick in. So, eating slowly and allowing yourself time to feel full can help you to stay trim.
Skip The Second Round
As tempting as going back for the second helping of the roast chicken might seem, second rounds of meals are usually almost a struggle to finish. Half way through the second round, you begin to feel full and since it’s already in front of you, you finish it anyways. Instead, have dessert! Fruits, yogurt, a bowl of nuts or a glass of blended fruits and vegetable to make a delicious smoothie.
Eat Three Times A Day
Oh yes honey, three square meals, the old timer! Skipping a meal, especially breakfast means you’ll only get hungrier for the next meal. This will cause you to overeat at the opportunity of a meal. Eating breakfast helps to control your blood sugar levels, kick-start your metabolism and prevent you from snacking or eating impulsively later on.
Hope today’s post comes in handy as we gradually come to the end of the year. Speaking of which, thanks to all those that responded with what they were grateful for in 2015 through Facebook and Instagram. Bless your lovely hearts! If you’ll like to share how the year has been for you with me, do so via the the contact page or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by clicking the image below;
Remember, I’ll be publishing these gratitude stories on December 25th, 2015. Have a lovely weekend!!!