One of the most important concerns for my patients is to enjoy all the food and drinks that are available during the holidays. Everyone wants to enjoy holiday parties, fun, friends and social activities while maintaining their weight and beautiful figures. In the next few blogs I will share so of my holiday advice to help you enjoy the holidays and include good ideas for managing your health at the same time!
Eating rich foods is one of the biggest trouble spots for many women during the holidays. So let’s explain how food works in your body so you can make good choices that will help you maintain your weight. The key to healthy eating anytime is to understand how your blood sugar levels affect your feelings of hunger and satiety. Whenever we eat food our body breaks the food down into smaller components that we can for fuel or other purposes. Food is fuel and just like there are different grades of gas that make your car run there are different types of food will make your body run differently. The fuel is actually sugar that leaves our digestive system goes into our blood stream to be used by the cells. The increases in blood sugar cause the release of a hormone called insulin, which the helps the cells take in the sugar from the blood to use it for fuel. Once insulin helped the sugar get into your cells your blood sugar levels drops it signals to your body it is time to eat by getting hungry again.
Now let’s see how we can use this information to make better choices about to eat foods during the holidays. Simple carbohydrates are already very close to the sugar states so the get digested fast and taken into the cells fast so you get hungry a couple hours after eating them which causes you to want to eat more throughout the day or makes you over eat at a holiday party when all you are eating sugar based foods. People often complain to me that they just kept eating at the party and they didn’t know why. The reason why is the treats at the party don’t fill you up so you just eat all night and fill yourself with empty calories.