Can pumpkins help you lose weight? Well, I’ve never eaten enough of them to know what the effect is and I’m not sure I really want to know what would happen, however, I do have a great tip for you that will help you with hunger control over the holiday season or anytime for that matter.
Try eating a small handful of raw pumpkin seeds, as a healthy snack, about 20 minutes before you are getting ready to eat. The fat in the seeds (which is good for you) will send the message to your brain that high quality sustenance is in your system and it will turn down your hunger signals. Pumpkin seeds work well for several reasons; they’re inexpensive, they don’t have salt and they aren’t nearly as addictive as your run of the mill honey roasted variety of peanuts, cashews or any of those other delicious nuts I just can’t seem to put down once I open the container. I usually get mine at the local DeKalb Farmers Market where I live and a big bag is only a couple of bucks.
Pumpkin seeds, they’re not just for digging out of your jack-o-lantern, making a mess and throwing away anymore…try it out and let me know what you think.
Keep checking back in and I’ll cover a bunch of useful tips and strategies for not only getting through the holidays but actually enjoying them and your food too.
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