Healthy Holidays: Try These Tips this Season

1. Eat slowly. It ensures important messages have time to reach your brain. Research shows it takes 12 or more minutes for food satisfaction signals to reach the brain of a thin person, but 20 or more minutes for an obese person.2. Make the first bites count. After a few bites, your taste buds start to lose their sensitivity to the chemicals in food that make it taste good. Satisfy your taste buds by really savoring those first few bites to keep from over eating.3. Increase awareness.  Use a smaller plate. Your brain looks at the plate and decides if the portion is adequate, it takes some time, but the smaller the plate, the smaller the portion.  In addition, be more attentive about the whole eating experience – do not multitask while eating. Get centered before eating so you can more easily derive pleasure from your food.

4. Plan on cheating? Try this 15 – 30 minutes before you cheat. Ninety seconds straight of bodyweight movements squats, lunges, jump squats, push-ups, pull-ups, or tricep dips. These short bouts of muscular contractions will open the flood gates to your muscle cells for extra carbs and calories to flow into. In other words it will “flip on your metobolic swtich.”

5. Last resort. Try this sneaky tip. Eat half a grapefruit before and 2 tsp vinegar after a big cheat meal.

By: Jill Plourde Vira Creative