I know that nighttime eating is a prob … (oops, almost said problem) … it’s a challenge for many of us, so I thought I would share my number one secret as to how to stop eating at the end of the day.
Before I share this vital information, I want you to know that it has worked for me for close to 8 years now. I used it during my weight loss journey (50 pounds gone 4ever!), and I now use this strategy as part of my maintenance plan.
Here it is …
… I end my ‘food’ day with a nice, hot cup of flavorful tea. That’s right – once the tea is poured, the kitchen is closed and all thoughts of food are channeled in creative, artistic and family matters.
For a long time, I was into cinnamon tea, but recently, for variety’s sake, I switched to peppermint. I noticed that I was not only enjoying its delectably sweet taste, but I was also getting off on its aroma. A mighty duo; smell & taste!
Peppermint (mentha piperita) is a naturally occurring sterile hybrid mint – a cross between spearmint and water mint. It has a high menthol content, and is often used to flavor tea, ice cream, candy (ahhh … love those Peppermint Patties – see calories content below*) chewing gum, and toothpaste.
In addition to its unique flavor, it is also valued for its medicinal properties. Peppermint oil (which comes from steam-distilling the plant’s leaves and stems) is used as a muscle relaxant, particularly in the digestive tract, and it helps reduce inflammation in the nasal passages.
Peppermint may …
Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Its antispasmodic effect provides relief of abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.
Relieve Nausea and Vomiting – Both peppermint tea and peppermint oil capsules anesthetize the stomach’s mucous lining.
Control Flatulence and Relieve Diverticulitis – Peppermint relaxes the digestive system.
Reduce Heartburn – The menthol strengthens the flow of digestive juices.
Fight Bad Breath – Apply a few drops of peppermint oil to the tongue.
Lessen Muscle Aches and Pains – Peppermint first stimulates the nerves by producing a cool sensation and then desensitizes the nerves that pick up the pain message, thus the brain is fooled.
Relieve Congestion and Cough Due to the Common Cold and Allergies – Peppermint reduces inflammation in the nasal passages. Inhaling the menthol, while drinking peppermint tea, may also help to lessen symptoms.
Fight Stress – When added to the bath, the aroma of the peppermint oil may help to relieve tension.
Caution: Never ingest pure menthol (the main ingredient in peppermint oil). Even one teaspoon can be fatal.
If you have a hiatal hernia, stay away from peppermint oil. Symptoms will intensify!
Do not apply peppermint oil to the chest or nostrils of a child under five years of age. It can cause a choking feeling.
Stay away from peppermint if you have gallstones.
If you are pregnant, do not ingest large doses of peppermint oil. It’s natural ability to relax can relax your uterus right into labor!
* One (39 g) Peppermint Pattie contains 160 calories; 25 form fat; Carbohydrates, 32 grams, Protein, less than 1 gram.
I guess that’s it. So, drink peppermint tea, be healthy, end nighttime eating! Close that kitchen down!!!
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