As the holidays approach I sometimes wish I could “empty my brain of information” and share it with the world
so that more women could CELEBRATE the season versus do their very best
to not burn out or simply hate themselves by January 1 from all the unnecessary weight gain!
Here is my attempt at doing JUST THAT….sit back, sip a cup of tea and enjoy the answers to questions I was recently asked during an interview on how to avoid the inevitable Holiday Weight Gain!!!
During the holidays, avoiding refined sugar is hard but seriously it’s not the food that makes us fat. It’s usually all the sugar we’re consuming (this includes the wine).
So here are some tips for enjoying your Holidays like the smart brilliant woman that you are!
1. Get all the candy, cake and cookies sitting out in the open and put it away where you can’t see it (or throw it out). Do this after every holiday function or party.
I know it used to be a habit of mine to break out the Halloween candy 3 weeks early and leave some
in a little bowl on the kitchen table thinking somehow that would make my house more “festive”!
Or I would hang candy canes around the house tempting me at every turn.
What we don’t see we usually don’t think about SO stop reminding yourself to eat that last piece of pie every time you open the fridge.
Stop the temptation. Get it out of your face.
2. The Day of a Party eat high quality meals leading up to the party and focus on the company once you get there!
Focus on eating balanced meals throughout the day and let the party be the “icing on the cake”. When we skip meals throughout the day to reduce calories we end up feeling very hungry and out of control at parties.
So stabilize your blood sugar before the party.
AND keep in mind there is NO way that one day of eating and drinking will cause you to gain weight or
make you feel that miserable… really.
Enjoy the party, focus on the conversations and know that you will start fresh the next day.
3. Make sure you get enough SLEEP leading up to Holiday Parties.
There is nothing more tempting when you’re tired then sugar!
Check out this scenario: You went to bed at midnight and in the morning you really need a cup of coffee
so you drive by the local Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks. They ask you if you want anything with that coffee
and you see that blueberry muffin just calling your name.
There is no amount of self control that can help you on days when you are tired so do yourself a favor and
get some R & R during the holiday season and for sure the day before a big party!
As I always tell my clients, your inbox will always have messages and there will always be dishes in the sink so drop
everything and GO TO BED. It’s what I do!
And last but certainly not least….
What are your favorite daily tips for resisting sugar cravings?
- Don’t skip meals ever this causes blood sugar to swing during the day and therefore
you will crave sugar at 3pm guaranteed.
- Try to find a “healthier” version of your favorite sugary snack is you must have a treat.
Example: I made this yummy cacao, peanut butter and coconut oil treat that did the trick to
replace a candy bar that day.
- Drink water with electrolytes like vega sport powder to flavor your water and give you a
treat without eating sugar.
What are your top tips for recovering after a sugar binge (like
eating too much Halloween candy)?
- Sweat it out at the gym or go dancing…getting toxins out of your body always makes you feel better
- Start the day with a hot cup of water with lemon..that helps flush toxins
- Eat a HIGH protein breakfast, lunch and dinner to help start to stabilize blood sugar and don’t
eat the offending foods on recovery day!
What do you recommend to help curb sugar cravings when you feel
like you can’t stop?
- Call a good friend to divert your mind J
- I like to tongue scrape daily to get the sugar and memory of sugar off my tongue!
- Get help. Hire a coach who specializes in addiction because that is what sugar is….an addiction.
- Brush your teeth to change up the flavor in your mouth
- Start a new project at work or home to give you EXCITEMENT outside the kitchen.
A lot of times we binge because we are bored!
If you are limiting refined sugar in your diet, how long does it
usually take to stop craving it?
- I have stabilized blood sugar in less than 7 days but you must follow my mojo
plan to the tee to give your body what it needs to stop the cravings. And I find you must
eliminate it in it’s entirety, except a few select fruits, in order to really make them go away!
What foods will you never eat (any kind of food)? Why?
Hmmmmmm I don’t really have any NO foods…I guess maybe fried dough J from amusement parks and FAST FOOD. Fast food for sure.
There is no place in my life for food that is highly processed and low quality and GMO.
What foods do you always have in your fridge? Why?
I always have organic apples because they are a quick low sugar snack coupled with almond butter.
I always have organic baby kale so I can make protein shakes as part of my breakfast.
I always have avocados because they are my kids favorite addition to a meal!
What are your favorite nutrition-based tips for boosting metabolism?
Eat slow and chew your food.
Never never eat under stress or while standing.
Try not to graze between meals as that slows metabolism.
Eat 3 high protein meals/day mostly veggie and protein based and skip snacking if possible
Upon waking have a glass of water with lemon and cayenne if you can stomach it!
My recommendation: Take ONE of the ideas you enjoyed reading today and APPLY IT for ONE WEEK. Period.
Clients always ask me how change happens. Well folks, this is how change happens.