Tis the season to be jolly and light. This is the time of year where most people overeat, there’s a lot of sweets and extra food laying around, whether it’s the office or your home, be careful not to eat everything you see. This often leads to weight gain, stress and even depression.
Here are tips that you can use to help you avoid the holiday stomach pooch and get back into shape before the new year
Visit your dentist. That’s right, if you go to your dentist for a routine cleaning between October and December you are more likely to eat healthier because your teeth have just been cleaned. Studies show that people who go to their dentist regularly often eat better and sometimes weigh less, especially the days immediately following the routine cleaning.
Enjoy your food. It is the holiday season so it’s important not to say you can’t have anything. Restrictions often have a backfire effect. When you put yourself on a strict diet, most often you will overeat, as it triggers the brain into thinking you can’t have something; so naturally your will almost always want more.
Instead allow yourself to get the food you want. But enjoy them, listen to your body and completely stop eating when you feel full.
Eat slower. The slower you eat the better you will feel. Research shows this to be true. Sometimes we eat so fast and become so stuffed that we actually make ourselves sick. This happens on the holidays often.
Choose foods that are good for you and full of water and fiber. Foods such as fresh leafy vegetables, apples, oranges, smoothies, and pears are also really good choices for your teeth your teeth are the first thing people see when they recognize you. So it is important to have them shine. Your mouth and your smile can show the world about how you feel and how you’re really taking care of yourself.
As some dentist say it is the gateway to the rest of your body. Instead of treating yourself poorly start eating foods that are all good for you.
For more health advice visit Dr Kirchmeier, at North Eugene Family Dental, a dentist in Eugene Or. Shannon Kaiser is a health writer.