Peppermint Oil – The Cure for Holiday Over-Indulgence?

by | Dec 19, 2011 | Health & News

Did you know that the average American gains approximately 7 pounds during the holiday season? Yes, the holidays are a time to eat, drink and be merry – and there some sure-fire ways to counter this holiday over-indulgence and unwanted weight gain.

Through some researching, I came up with the following 7 tips to help dampen the desire to over-indulge and still keep the season bright!

7 Tips to Cure Holiday Over-Indulgence:

1) Eat something light before going to a party, such a protein bar or handful of nuts – preferably almonds or walnuts. This will make you feel more full. When you are ravenous, you tend to make poor food choices, eating too much and too quickly.

2) Say “no” to food offers. If you don’t want to eat it, simply say no. You have the right to choose what you put into your body…it is your palace, right?

3) Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic ones, such as plain or sparking water. This keeps your hand well occupied and body well hydrated.

4) Know your calories and choices. A 6 –ounce beer or 4 ounce glass of wine contains approximately 100 calories, mixed drinks about 200 calories… and an 8 oz cup of eggnog- a whopping 400 calories! These drinks can really pack on the calories while still making you feel hungry. So choose wisely!

5) Love your veggies: When you’re in the buffet line, have vegetables make up 50% of your plate. This will decrease the amount of carbohydrates and high calorie favorites that you might pile onto your plate.

6) Portion control: Put only 1 scoop of mashed potatoes, take only 1 dessert tart – yes, you’re still allowing yourself the pleasure of these foods without over indulging in them.

7) Have a bottle of peppermint essential oil in your purse or pocket. When you’re hungry, take 2-3 whiffs of this magical potion and you will feel less hungry. Why? Peppermint acts on the hunger center in your brain to fool it to feel satisfied. Apparently, peppermint gum and mints don’t work as well as the olfactory version. So, think of dabbing a few drops on your partner’s neck and you’ll both feel satisfied!

Try to follow these tips… you’ll enjoy the holidays and have no regrets after!