Losing weight during the holiday season isn’t always about exercising. The scent of holiday cooking in the air usually sparks serious cravings. In the South, Christmas often begins with cookies, pecan pie, baked macaroni and cheese and the big holiday ham. If you’re getting hungry just thinking about those foods and you know you’re going to struggle with cravings, these tips can help.
Drink More Water
Instead of drinking lots of carbonated drinks, wine, and alcoholic beverages, switch to water. Flavor the water if you need to, such as infusing the water with cranberries and oranges for a seasonal water, or try adding some lemon slices to each glass. This makes it feel like you are having a flavored drink, but all you are drinking is clean water with healthy fruit juice inside. Water makes you feel full, takes away cravings, and the fruit can help with the sweet tooth as well.
Fulfill Your Sugar Cravings in Healthy Ways
There are healthier ways to fulfill those holiday sugar cravings.
For example, if everyone around you is eating pralines and cookies, and the sugar cravings are too much, try eating fruit. Fruits contain natural sugars help to fulfill your craving for something sweet. Oranges are a great fruit choice to indulge in during the winter season. They are loaded with Vitamin C, which supports immunity. To make it more like a dessert, dip fruit in melted, healthy dark chocolate for a sweet treat.
Find Other Things to Occupy Your Mind
You can also find other activities that take you away from your cravings when they are hard to battle. If you don’t want to overeat during the Christmas season, find somewhere else to go away from the food or treats and write in a journal or go for a walk. Take time to catch up with your family, friends and professional associates you haven’t spoken to in a while. This can help boost your mood, open the door to fresh opportunities and take your mind off the foods you are craving.
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