How much weight do we really gain around the holidays (and do we even want to know)?
Controlling sugar cravings can help stabilize blood sugar levels so that you're less likely to overeat. Drink coconut water kefir daily made from the Kefir Starter to get rid of sugar cravings — naturally.
Older studies estimate average holiday weight gain at five to 10 pounds, but in 2007, a landmark New York Times piece challenged this holiday weight gain theory. In “The Skinny on Holiday Weight Gain,” Tara Parker-Pope wrote that holiday weight gain claims had been greatly exaggerated, citing research that said people may gain as little as one pound during the winter holidays compared to the higher 10 pound estimates.1 A 2014 study confirms this much is true, though it’s important to remember that this holiday weight could creep up over the years to contribute to anywhere from a 10 to 20-pound weight gain per decade.2
The easiest way to guiltlessly slide through the holidays (and maybe even shed a few pounds) is to let go of the feast-or-famine mentality that so many of us embrace.
Eat so that your cells have energy. Eat so that your body has an opportunity to repair itself and to cleanse. Eat for your health.
When it comes to weight loss, many of us still believe that we can lose weight if we eat fewer calories than what we use throughout the day.
While calorie restriction may give you results, these results are often limited.
When we restrict something like food, we are fiddling with the hormones that regulate hunger and satiety. We are also ignoring more important things that have a tendency to skyrocket as we skimp on meals, such as inflammation and blood sugar control.
When the hormonal system and immune function are flexible and well-balanced, the body is better equipped to deal with small daily stressors. However, when we restrict calories over a long period of time, we tend to make poor choices in food. And we may actually deprive the body of the very nutrients that it needs to thrive. In this case, the new Body Ecology Fermented Protein Shake provides the perfect solution. A complete vegan protein with 15 grams of protein and 90 calories per serving, Body Ecology’s Fermented Protein Shake can naturally increase fullness and help you lose weight.
Before thinking about the number of calories in your food, first determine whether or not your body can tolerate the food.
You know that food is more trouble than it is worth if you:
Over the holidays, choose foods that are packed full of nutrients. For example:
Going hungry, delaying meals, and using stimulants like coffee, energy drinks, and chocolate to get through the day is stressful on the body. Too often we go through the motions of food restriction and then rebound, or binge, later. This pattern can go on for months and eventually leads to a disordered relationship with food.
You may find that cravings and episodes of overeating happen less once your blood sugar levels are under control. You know your appetite is driven by swings in blood sugar when you are hungry a few hours after eating. Insulin resistance promotes high blood sugar and fat storage. Be on the lookout for weight gain around the middle; this may be a sign of insulin resistance.
Other ways to kick sugar cravings and control blood sugar include:
If you must drink alcohol, be sure to mix in a fermented beverage like coconut water kefir or InnergyBiotic. Or, enjoy a fermented drink later in the evening or the next morning since beneficial bacteria can help to repair any inflammation in the gut that alcohol causes.
Many of us already know that certain foods are addictive. And if we don’t know it, we can certainly feel it.
Foods that contain wheat gluten, cow dairy, and sugar can be especially addictive.
Much of the time, these foods are also heavily processed. Not only are these foods biochemically addictive, but they are packaged, designed, and sold to be irresistible. (A 2015 study considers our favorite processed foods like pizza, chocolate, and French fries some of the most addicting.3) Additionally, pain, insomnia, depression, fatigue, and even some medications can all influence our desire for food.
Knowing our trigger foods and trigger situations can help us to break out of a vicious cycle of food restriction and overeating. We can evaluate every aspect of life and cultivate satiety — not just with food but also in relationships, in work, and in sleep patterns.
Strengthening digestion takes three steps:
With the holidays just around the corner, so many of us jump into the season with either a long list of food restrictions or with reckless abandon. This holiday season, remember that your personal history with food, a leaky gut, how well you sleep, your level of stress, and your eating patterns can all influence how much body fat you carry.
Rather than eating to look a certain way, eat for your health. The rest will fall into place — naturally!
While the holidays can be a time of relaxation and celebration, it’s easier than you think to pack on the pounds.
The best way to make it through the holidays with your health (and your waistline) intact is by eating mindfully with five helpful tips:
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