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Eat Your Food in This Order to Dodge the Christmas Food Coma

Eat Your Food in This Order to Dodge the Christmas Food Coma!

The holiday season is like a foodie's paradise, but oh boy, does it come with the infamous 'food coma' and an endless loop of craving every sweet in sight. But guess what? You can outsmart the food coma with a simple twist: just change the order you munch your grub. Ready for some fun science to back this up? Let's dive in!

So, Eat Your Food in This Order to Dodge the Christmas Food Coma...

Sweet Temptations: A Delicious Trap?

Ever noticed how a tiny nibble of dessert can turn into a full-blown sweet binge? We've all been there. But there's a nifty trick to keep those cravings in check.

The Fun Science of Eating Right

🥒 Veggies First, Please!

Kick things off with the greens (or whatever colour your veggies are). Those crunchy cucumbers? They're your best friends. Veggies are like nature's appetizer – low in calories, high in fibre, and they set the stage for less overeating. Science backs this up big time: munching fibre-rich foods first can help you eat less overall, says a study in the "Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics."

🍖 Protein and Fat: Your Hunger-Busting Heroes

Next up, bring on the proteins and fats. Think juicy, fatty cuts of meat – oh yeah! Proteins are like your body's own hunger-busting superheroes. They increase leptin (the 'I'm full' hormone) and put a leash on ghrelin (the 'feed me more' hormone). A study in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" even says high-protein meals make you feel fuller. Plus, fats are cool because they don't make your blood sugar do a rollercoaster ride. A meal high in fats can slash the post-meal glucose spike by half, according to the "Journal of Nutrition."

🍠 Carbs Last? You Bet!

Now, the carbs and starches. Wait, save them for last? Yep, you heard it right. It's not about ditching them – just timing them right. This helps you not to go overboard and keeps your blood sugar in check. "Diabetes Care" journal says the order of grub can affect your blood sugar and insulin levels big time.

I tend to limit my carbs quite considerably and mainly eat mine in the form of fruit, but each person has their preference. Watching the portion control of things like sweet potato and breads can be powerful.

At this time of year it's worth remembering. Potatoes are not evil. The dose and the processing is very much the poison. Try gaining weight eating plain, boiled potatoes with no butter or salt. Deep fry them or turn them into chips and they are insanely easy to overeat. Remember this.

🍨 Dessert: The Grand Finale

And finally, dessert. Keep it as the grand finale of your meal, not a random snack attack. This way, you enjoy your sweet treat without the crazy sugar highs and lows. Dessert as part of a balanced meal leads to a gentler rise in blood sugar, says a study in the "Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism."

That's right, your grandma insisting you have dessert at the end of your meal isn't likely the cause of your growing waistline. It's more likely the chocolate you grab on the go and eat in your car. Slow down and enjoy dessert as part of a special meal if you want to. Just don't make it a daily occurrence. Simple.

Wrapping It Up!

So there you have it – your holiday eating guide with a dash of fun science. This season, take charge of your plate and eat in a way that keeps you jolly, satisfied, and far from the dreaded food coma. Here's to a festive season filled with joy, good eats, and smart choices. Happy Holidays!

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