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Healthy Festive Eating Strategies

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It's the hardest time of the year for people wanting to lose weight. We are inundated with foods and treats for Christmas, the TV ads are constant, the temptations are in every conceivable space at your supermarket and even the corner shop! So how can we help ourselves to eat well this Christmas time?

I've put together some eating management tips to use over the holiday period to help you manage your eating much better.

Lets just review for a moment, the key to maintaining weight and avoiding weight gain over the upcoming holidays is to eat less and move more. Consider how you can fit exercise into your holiday schedule. Sign up for some classes or call a friend to workout with and schedule to meet at yoga or to walk your dogs together.

  • Make a list of every good reason why you want to lose weight, and read it to yourself every morning -- and when you are tempted to eat something you hadn't planned, just read it again, so you're constantly reminding yourself why it's worth it to turn down foods that will compromise your goals.
  • It's necessary to rehearse your reasons for wanting to be thin, the same way you rehearse the pep talk you give yourself before any challenging situation. It's a mental conditioning strategy to condition yourself and change your mind-set about what food means to you. Post your goals somewhere you can see them and refer to them often.
  • Get in touch with how happy you are, and how satisfied you are with how this year went for you. Many times eating is just a band-aid for unhappiness, stress, anxiety, or depression. The holidays can bring a lot of emotional issues to the surface, so take some time to sort out how your feelings can possibly relate to your eating habits, and consider how to make any changes you feel you need or want to make.
  • When you have a meal, sit down and really enjoy it. Make it an experience instead of eating out of the fridge or eating while standing up or even whilst driving in your car.
  • Weigh yourself once a week during the holidays. Studies show that this can give you an 80% increase for successfully reaching your goals.
  • Set goals for how you want your eating and exercise plan to work out. Tackle the easiest goals first and then work on the harder one. Start with three goals and then create more as you go.
  • Make sure you eat breakfast every day, studies show that people who eat breakfast eat less over the course of the day than those who skip breakfast.
  • Make sure you stay hydrated and drink enough water. Many times we think we're hungry but we're really just thirsty. Stock up on sparkling waters and delicious teas.
  • When attending parties, have a light and healthy snack before you go. Some veggies and hummus, or fruit and yogurt. When you're not starving you'll easily resist the fattening foods.
  • When we're hungry it's extremely difficult to have willpower and discipline when our body is doing everything it can to convince you to eat something immediately. So don't get to that point.
  • Have one glass of water for every cocktail or glass of wine. This will save a lot of calories and possibly a hangover as well!

If you like this tips why not try our 15 EASY steps to boost health, energy and wellbeing.

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  • "I was very run down, lacked energy and was finding it very difficult to control my weight when I first consulted with Andrea.  We talked through my issues very thoroughly during the first consultation and Andrea recommended that I take an adrenal fatigue test.  This highlighted that I had an abnormal cortisol pattern throughout the day and was affecting my energy and appetite - I had intense sugar cravings from mid afternoon onwards.  On the back of the results of this test, Andrea recommended a new diet and a course of supplements to restore normal cortisol levels and revive my tired adrenals. I now have more energy and do not have the same urges for sugar during the afternoons. I am also sleeping much better now as well.  I am also sleeping much better now too (after 5 years of 2am waking!).  "Elizabeth