What happens to your mood, weight and emotions in December?
In my practice and program, Optimal Health with Dr. Glenna, I am passionate about equipping women with the tools to look and feel their best which will empower them to strive to reach the truest, highest and healthiest version of themselves. One of the ways I support women is to address health and weight gain concerns.
Let’s talk about what we all might be dreading…HOLIDAY WEIGHT GAIN! It’s such an exciting time of year starting with Halloween this week, but it’s also the time of year where we can easily pack on the pounds. We might be stress or comfort eating, or simply relaxing more with our families at parties, and before we know it, 10lbs can creep on.
Why the 10 lbs weight gain in only a few weeks?
Don’t fear December this year! I’m going to talk you through how we can prevent the unhealthy weight gain, the guilt, the mood swings and more that can take us months to recover from physically!
Guilt and stress play a huge role in weight increasing. Stress can lead to mindless eating which causes us to not enjoy the holiday food but feel guilty which leads to more stress and unwanted weight gain and food cravings. Additionally, the comfort foods we crave are usually high in sugar and unhealthy fats and contribute to unhealthy weight gain, estrogen dominance, a suppressed immune system and increased inflammation.
Having small amounts of those foods will not harm us when we are healthy but when we are have a leaky gut, food sensitivities or hormones that are deficient or in excess even small amounts of these foods will cause symptoms such as headaches, poor sleep, frequent colds, bloating, and bowel irregularities to name a few.
The mid December crash can occur even after only a few weeks of multitasking, attending concerts, early family get -together’s, or eating too many holidays treats, Plan to enjoy the holiday parties and decide what you will have and don’t stress about the rest! One idea is to not start holiday eating until close to the holidays. Keep the first two weeks in December filled with real, whole foods that will support you during the holidays.
We also gain weight because we’re overwhelmed. The key is to begin eating well in November so you can begin December feeling good. Start the holiday season feeling comfortable in your own body, feeling rested so you have some wiggle room for the parties, and maintaining a positive outlook. All of these will help you conquer the holidays and help you enjoy them more. If you find that you’re having trouble coping with a busy December, rest, drink more water, and get enough protein from your diet. Avoid caffeine, sweets and alcohol. Eat really well the first two weeks in December, and then give yourself time to relax and enjoy the holidays.
What can you do for yourself?
Get on track in November. That is why I am offering my Optimal Health with Dr. Glenna program for November, which is the last time the program will be offered in 2017!
Today is the closing day for registration so If you are looking for a program like this, jump in today!
It includes 4 week of a weekly meal plan, recipes, education on our bodies, recommendations for a healthy life and a group of like-minded women to hold you accountable and share your wins and struggles.
This is YOUR time to end 2017 living your best self!
**The next round for Optimal Health will be offered in January 2018, so stay tuned!