by Elizabeth Keller
Here we go again; the holidays are upon us. Along with plenty of good cheer comes a lot of good food. How would you like to be prepared for the cultural onslaught of treats and eats throughout Christmas and New Year’s? We can arm you right now to enjoy yourself without regretting it when you get on the scale in January!
As the owner of a practice that includes expertise in weight loss, here are my “figure-friendly” holiday eating tips:
Suppress your appetite. You’ll eat less if you feel full at the next holiday party or potluck. Psyllium seed husks, for instance, or other fiber supplements expand in your stomach when you add at least 8 ounces of water. This works like a temporary gastric bypass! Another option is homeopathic HCG drops, an overthe- counter appetite suppressant. While the drops do not have the same effectiveness as the prescription strength HCG injections, they can still blunt your appetite safely.
NEVER go to a restaurant or party hungry. Eat a nourishing, filling, high-fiber meal before you go. Yes, when it comes to holiday gorging, you DO want to deliberately spoil your appetite before dinner!
Snack throughout the day. Limit your sit-down meals to one a day. Eating small meals frequently keeps you from “pigging out,” and it evens out your calorie intake throughout the day. This is how you can avoid massive sugar spikes in your bloodstream that lead to fat storage, and diabetes!
Calm your stress, naturally. If you are under a lot of emotional stress during these holidays, remember that you may tend to eat more comfort foods. When that happens, the stress hormone cortisol will turn it into fat. Consider a supplement like Kavinace that supports your nervous system to calm you down. Another alternative is the Bach Flower Essence Rescue Remedy, which can be taken every 5 minutes; four drops under the tongue in times of great need. It sure beats an emergency intake of chocolate chip cookies.
Above all, remember that life is a rollercoaster, and weight is part of life. You always have the next bend, the next bright idea, the next opportunity to make a positive change.
Elizabeth Keller, APRNCB, LPC, NP, is a nurse practitioner who is board certified in family practice and psychiatry. Life Motivations (www. LifeMotivationsSA.com) is her holistic private practice that specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement, HCG weight-loss programs, and the mental game of weight loss. For more information, visit her Life Motivations website or call 210-704-1018.