Does the holiday table remind you of morbid scenes when you ate without a care in the world? Relax, it’s nothing that a little post holiday detox can’t cure. If you were being a careless this holiday season, there are some ways you can redeem yourself in the New Year.
Stop the Cycle
If you’ve seen “Seinfeld”, you may be familiar with the episode in which Elaine begins to get so used to eating birthday cake and her office, that she develops a midday craving for sugar. Although experts generally do not give credence to the notion of a sugar addiction, there is research that shows that sugar can have an effect on the part of the brain that responds alcohol and drugs.
Start by eliminating desserts with high sugar and fat content. After at least 3 days, they will taste much better. You will find yourself beginning to reestablish a taste for healthier fare.
Reprogram Your Tummy
While you were putting a healthy diet on the back burner, your stomach’s natural appetite control systems may have, well, lost control. Normally a full belly sends signals to your brain to let it know you’re full. However, overeating for prolonged time periods makes the receptors less sensitive.
You may think the solution relies in cutting down on the amount of food, but this will only send a signal to the brain that you are starving and need food immediately, which is why you sometimes become unexplainably hungry after a night of binging. A better solution is to eat healthy sized portions of high fiber, low calorie foods which will quiet the receptors and keep you feeling satisfied.
Cut Back on the Cocktails
The problem with sweet alcoholic drinks isn’t just sugar and fat. Alcohol itself has 7 calories per gram and the stomach and brain don’t recognize liquid calories in the same way they do solids. This makes it really easy to continue drinking without accounting for the extra calories.
Try drinking low calorie beverages as a substitute. Tea is always a healthy liquid alternative and is known to actually boost metabolism. You can also get fancy with your water by adding sliced lemons, limes, and even berries to a fresh pitcher.
Let us know all about what you got up to this holiday season and how you’re planning to atone for your sins!