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November 19, 2012

Food for Thought …

We need to stay healthy over the holidays maintaining a sensible relationship with our food.  Here are some suggestions that may help:

  • Be Mindful.  Before feeding the urge to consume, think about what you are eating.  Is it good for you?  Is it what your body needs right now?  Sometimes being less impulsive is all we need to slightly shift the way we interact with food.
  • Practice Portion Control.  This is key to sensible eating.  It allows us to eat what we enjoy without over doing it.  One way to tell if you’re eating correct food portion sizes is to use your fists as a measurement guide. Your stomach is about the size of your two fists put together so you probably shouldn’t eat more than two fists of food at any one meal … especially over the holidays.
  • Eat Breakfast.  While you might think it makes sense to save up calories for the big meal or the fancy cocktail party, experts say eating a small meal in the morning gives you more control over your appetite the rest of the day.  When we become over-hungry, we overeat.  We lose our ability to be discriminant in our food and beverage choices.
  • Drink Water.  Many times people think they are hungry when they are actually just thirsty.  The nutritionists at in Harmony healing center in Warren, Michigan suggest that drinking lots of water during the day lowers the risk of overeating.
  • Wear Tight Pants.  You will definitely eat less if there is no room to overindulge!
  • Take a Walk.  Stroll around the neighborhood after eating a large meal to get your metabolism going.  This helps your body gets the energy it needs to power everything we do, from moving to thinking to practicing sensible eating!
  • Ask for Help.  Sometimes we need to recognize that our food relationship has become unhealthy and is generating unnecessary strain and stress in our lives.  If that is you, you are not alone.  It is estimated that there are 8 million people in America who suffer from this problem.  So seek the help that you need.  Our healing center – in Harmony – is happy to help.

Visit http://inharmonyllc.com for more information.  Or call 586-576-0431 to schedule an appointment with a nutritionist or licensed therapist.

 

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