This season comes with lots of joy and happiness. We enjoy end-of-year parties, family, friends, and seasonal favorites! As we partake in all the festivities, we also indulge in the season’s best cakes, pies, and all the tasty treats that unfortunately pack on the pounds. Thankfully, curbing your sweet tooth isn’t as hard as one might think. Here are a few tips to keep it under control.
Rid your body of toxins
At least twice a year, your body deserves a good cleanse/detox and now is the perfect time. Eating whole foods and maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps rid the body of unwanted inflammation and toxins. If you’re feeling sluggish or bloated, this will definitely turn things around and also reduces the desire for unhealthy snacks and sweets.
Garden of Life’s RAW Cleanse is designed to support natural body cleansing and organ detoxification. It is made exclusively with raw, vegan ingredients. The three-step detox is also gluten-free, binder-free and contains no Psyllium or hard laxatives.
Indulge in dark chocolate
It’s been said that 85% dark chocolate helps reduce appetite and cravings for richer sweets. The stearic acid in the chocolate slows digestion which increases the feelings of fullness. What’s more is research suggests that even smelling the chocolate, at 85%, can decrease cravings.
Add Fiber-rich foods
Common knowledge: If you want to feel full longer consume high-fiber foods. When fiber is consumed, the stomach stretches and empties slowly, keeping you full longer. Some fiber-rich foods include:
- Chia Seeds
- Lima Beans
- Split Peas
Eating sufficient amounts of protein can make or break your appetite. Ensuring your daily caloric intake is 20–30% protein can increase fullness which can last through the next meal and reduce body fat. Whether the protein is consumed during meals or snacks, it’s effective.
High-protein snacks are a great option and decrease hunger better than high-fat snacks. Most protein sources are low-calorie foods so in a season where people are gaining weight, eating enough protein may actually help you lose weight. A tasty protein bar or protein yogurt will do the trick.
Just a little ginger
Ginger is great for calming an upset stomach and nausea and is known to ease arthritis, muscle, joint, and head pain. It may also help decrease inflammation, lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and combat Alzheimer’s disease. A little less known is that ginger can aid in hunger reduction. A ½ a teaspoon to a cup of warm water encourages the full feeling after meals.
Lastly, before you indulge in a plethora of delectable treats remember not to give in to the temptation. If you can, avoid unhealthy food situations. If you can’t, plan out your eating to avoid overindulgence and regret. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
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