4 Ways to Help With Holiday Overeating

holiday-overeatingYou ate the third dinner roll, you scarfed down the gravy-laden mashed potatoes and you devoured that second (ahem, third) piece of pie… now your tummy is complaining. ‘Tis the season for overindulgence, and while it might seem like a good idea at the time, our digestive system definitely pays the price. Fortunately, there are some post-indulgence remedies that can ease the pain and discomfort of holiday overeating!

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL): DGL is an excellent herb to help soothe mucous membranes of the esophagus. Continue reading “4 Ways to Help With Holiday Overeating”

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Staying Stress Free During the Holidays

relaxThe holidays are supposed to be festive, fun and a time for family and friends. Yet for many, this season is the most stressful time of the year. Planning meals, vacations, buying presents, and everything else can wear the mind and body down.

Practicing these simple suggestions can help us deal with this potentially difficult time and stay stress free during the holidays.

Practice 10 minutes of deep breathing each day.

Plan some time alone. Read a good book. Go for a nature walk. Color! Research has found positive effects with the use of mindfulness therapy on stress factors in the body. Continue reading “Staying Stress Free During the Holidays”

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Holiday Eating Survival: Part Two

holiday-foodIn Part One of my Holiday Eating Survival Guide, I asked what the holidays mean to you when it comes to your eating plan. How do you think about celebrating with family and friends? If you don’t have an eating plan, holiday eating can easily become “your little gift to YOU,” complete with unwanted weight gain going into the New Year.

Your holiday eating plan can begin in your closet. Subconsciously, wearing fitted clothes provides a reminder to keep from overindulging, so wearing something fitted that buttons or zips before you head out the door to celebrate is a great place to start. But I’ve got a few more tricks that you might want to consider during this season of celebration!

Holiday Eating Survival: Part Two

I don’t recommend saving up your calories to “spend them later” on all the foods that will be surrounding you during the holidays. When you practically starve yourself before a party or family get-together, you’re more likely to:

• Overindulge
• Binge
• Mindlessly consume

Instead, have a healthy light snack or “mini-meal” beforehand. This way you’re able to control what you consume because your judgment stays intact. And since you won’t be overly hungry, you won’t be so tempted by the goodies all around you. Here are some great pre-event snack ideas:  Continue reading “Holiday Eating Survival: Part Two”

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