ALCOHOL AND WEIGHT CONTROL
Don’t we love holidays! Coming up to Christmas holidays, it is certainly a time of the year that we easily indulge ourselves with lots of goodies. And during holidays, eating and drinking do correlate with each other closely. During festivities, we tend to put an effort on wearing nicer clothes. Alcohol lowers inhibitions on food restriction and also increase appetite for most people. Therefore, it is a good idea to hold the main drinking after the main course is served. While exercising and partying doesn’t pair very well; it’s always a good idea to take the dog for longer walk or burn it off during the week-end if time allow.
HOW TO MONITOR WEIGHT CONTROL
You are going to say…Use the scale! Most homes have one and easy to get an idea if we have put on weight or not. However, scale doesn’t give you how much fat and muscle are in the body.
There are other ways to monitor yourself.
Take a photo before the festivities. You will feel motivated and feel better about yourself when you see the change.
Sleep is important overall. Lack of sleep contribute to increased hunger levels and overeating at night time. On the other hand, under-eating is also a cause of poor sleep. Be gentle and flexible to yourself when you are on a diet. Getting some good sleep and eating well and balanced is a good idea.
We all have our weaknesses, different energy levels and mood. When it comes to sweets, you may feel anxious about eating it because you know it’s not the best for you. But you feel deprived without it, or guilty after eating it. When you eat it, write down how much you eat and your mood and thoughts before and after. Adjust and monitor the change after you have a snack candy bar, or other restricted food that you are emotional about. Also monitor your energy levels. If you feel lethargic and mind cloudy without the sweet, write down on the diary and see how you feel after you eat a little more.
While many still uses prescription drugs or over the counter medicine, there are more and more Canadians interested in a more holistic approach. Balanced Bloom is a great center to learn about nutrition and how to adapt your life style to maximize your health.