Secrets to Avoid Holiday Pounds Julie DelaBarre, CN
It’s that time of year again. Yes, the holidays are here and yes, you are going to you eat too much of just about everything. Piles and piles of delicious food, sweet treats and second helpings are on display at every gathering.
Yes, the holidays are here, but they don’t have to sink your spirit and expand your waistline. Avoid holiday blues by eating smart and in sync with your body. Start this festive season off with uplifting habits and smart nutrition for a healthy and happy holiday.
Here’s The Secret!
STEP ONE: HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO!
Despite what you might think, you can have your cake and eat it too. There is a science behind preparing and eating a proper meal. It’s all about balancing our blood sugar levels.
When we eat carbohydrates, be it brown rice, cookies, or fruit, the glucose (the structure of the carbohydrate) gives us fuel. Glucose is what fuels our brain as well as our cells. That is why a low-carb diet gives you a headache and leaves you feeling tired and dizzy. You feel this way because you don’t have any fuel.
When we eat, the fuel from that meal is released into our blood stream to be used for energy, cell repair, and organ function. When we eat an imbalanced meal or just over eat, be it brownies or broccoli, the glucose is released into the blood stream faster than the body can use effectively. Our blood sugar spikes, we feel that ‘food coma’ or sugar high, and our body’s motto then becomes, ‘if you can’t use it, store it’ and our fat cells get fed.
The solution is proteins. When we eat protein we slow down the release of ??
If you want to have your cake, eat your protein first. When you do this, you protect your body from excess fat storage and energy dips. Life is meant to be celebrated, not regulated with rules so strict you can never enjoy another piece of chocolate for the rest of your life. Use this trick all New Year long.
Now that you have an A+ in food science, let’s talk about the secret to success; the soul.
STEP TWO: THE COMPASS OF NOURISHMENT
Nourishment isn’t just eating your protein and expecting miracles to happen, the carbohydrate’s fuel into our blood stream, which allows our body to use the fuel for proper energy use. This means no sugar rush, no food coma, no energy lulls, no sweet cravings, and most importantly, no fat storage, especially during the holidays. The body and the soul need nourishment, and sometimes we get our wires crossed. For the soul, nourishment is a creative indulgence. From painting a picture, going to the movies, learning a foreign language, reading to children, or perhaps volunteering at your local shelter. Creativity nourishes the hole in our soul. It makes us whole.
Your soul wants to be fed just as your body, but with creativity. Emotional eating is the roadblock to a happy soul. Stop feeding and start listening. Recognize patterns in your behavior that surround food. Notice how you suddenly become happy when it’s okay to have a second helping of dessert. No amount of food, no matter how sweet or delicious can satisfy the hole in the soul.
By practicing some sort of creative outlet, you will quickly discover that your soul is satisfied in a way that food can never attain. This is joy. It is at this moment that you will suddenly see your life begins to blossom. This is where real nutrition starts.
STEP THREE: EATING, A SACRED PRACTICE
We live in such a face paced, demanding society. We want what we want. We want it now, and we want it for less! In America, what we want can be found on every corner. We do not go without. This holiday season, don’t dine and drive. Slow down and create a sacred practice for nourishment.
As we listen to our soul and its need for creative nourishment, let’s now begin to also listen to our body. When we feel the hunger pangs, not emotional hunger, growing like a monster inside of our stomach practice eating gratefully.
As I work with clients, I create a realistic lifestyle of nutrition that includes dining out, drinks, and yes...the delicious dessert. The most important element of health is within. It’s the science and soul of nutrition. You can.
Before eating, give thanks for the food before you. For all those involved in preparing and providing the meal. Everyone from the cook, the deliveryman, the farmer, and even our graceful mother earth. Be grateful for all those involved in bringing you this plate of nourishment. Turn off the TV and be mindful and present with every bite. Be grateful for what is before you, all that surround you, and what is blossoming within you.
have your cake and a flat stomach, too. Life is meant to be celebrated, so this year be of good health and of good cheer.
For more information on nutrition appropriate for your goals, activity level and health, please inquire Julie@Julie.DelaBarre.com.
Eat smart, live well, be of good health.