25. Give yourself a gift – be kind to yourself and express gratitude for every day blessings we take for granted. Merry Christmas!
24. Holidays and the upcoming new year have the potential to bring up regrets, and grief in all its aspects. Grief can be sparked by all kinds of different losses besides the obvious one of death. Divorce, illness, bankruptcy, loss of dreams and loss of a pet, loss of a job, can all provoke profound grief. One common cause of grief is disappointment with oneself and this can be tied in with dietary lapses. There are resources to help you cope with grief and loss. Acknowledging the grief is often the first step.
23. To prevent holiday weight gain, stop emotional overeating.
Although the holidays are supposed to be a joyful time of year, many people struggle with stress, depression and family conflict. If you have a tendency to reach for fattening foods when you’re unhappy, you’re not alone.”
In order to stop emotional over eating, you need to address your problems with solutions, not food.
22. Sleep more – make more leptin and less ghrelin, the appetite stimulating hormone AKA, the fat maker, or the “couch potato – shut down the metabolism – hormone”.
Research published in the Public Library of Science journal found that people who logged fewer than five hours of slumber had lower levels of leptin, a hormone that controls how full you feel, than those who snoozed for eight. What’s more, the sleep-deprived also had higher levels of ghrelin, another hormone that stimulates appetite. “When you’re exhausted, you feel hungrier and less satisfied after meals, which can set the stage for weight gain,” says Richter.
To make sure you get plenty of sleep, set an alarm for an hour before your usual bedtime as a reminder to start winding down. If you can’t stop ruminating about the 1,001 things you still have to accomplish before the week ends, make a list before turning in and keep it on your bedside table. Putting your worries and tasks on paper will help you clear your mind—so you can start dreaming about how you’ll look in that slinky New Year’s dress!