Saturday, December 6, 2014

Keep Calm & Eat Less Sugar During Holidays

The Holiday Season is upon us. A wonderful time to enjoy our family, buying presents, and engaging in holiday merriment. One thing that is synonymous with the holidays is baked goods, sweets, and candies. It’s no wonder that a lot of us, even those of us who lead an incredibly healthy lifestyle, end up loading up on sugar much more than we usually do. You won’t fall ill from one holiday indulgence, of course, but the problem is that sugar has addictive properties—and what begins as an innocent treat can easily morph into a daily sugar fix. When you eat a sugary food, a flood of dopamine is released in your brain. That dopamine creates an increased sugar tolerance, requiring you to eat more to get that same feeling of pleasure.

Most of us know that consuming too much sugar regularly is directly linked to diseases like obesity and diabetes. But what you may not know is that it’s also been linked to cancer, and even degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Being mindful this holiday season can carry over into a lifetime of great choices for your over all health.

Our Nutritionist Kelli Bonomo offers these 5 tips to help keep yourself on track, maximize your Nutrition and avoid the Holiday Fat Trap:

1. ) Always keep your Blood Sugar Stable: Three ways to keep your blood sugar stable: Keep meal   intervals to every 3-4 hours, implement the correct portions and watch the ratios of protein, carbs and fats.

2.) When you have a holiday party, dinner or event, keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day. This is the key to preventing weight gain.

3.) If you are going to indulge in the holiday feast, be sure that you get back on track 3 hours later by eating a balance of protein and fat to help lower your blood sugar and prevent weight gain.

4.) When having a cocktail, glass of wine, or a beer, always remove any complex or starchy carbohydrates from the meal, your body has the potential to store alcohol as fat.

5.) Water helps your liver metabolize fat... hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, especially if you have fallen off plan. Flush that body with water to move out all the extra sodium, sugar and alcohol!

Want to keep your nutrition in check into the New Year? Coming in January, Nutritionist Kelli Bonomo will be offering a program "LOOK GREAT IN 8, DITCH THE SCALE" a coaching program that will include:

* 8 week Nutritional coaching series: Includes 3 phases: Detox, Ignite and Thrive
* 1-hour coaching event every Wednesday evening for 8 weeks (time TBA)
* 2 week supply of CORE Meal replacement shakes
* 3 months FREE Access to Online Nutritional Software, includes meal plans, recipe and additional      tools at the THRIVE phase of coaching
* Before and After measurements, weight, body fat and pictures
* More information coming soon!!

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