Holiday Season Brings Cheer and Weight Gain!

Another year abroad, another year fighting the bulge! The best thing about Europe is that it’s with very affordable to stop down at the market to buy fresh fruit and vegetables.  There are so many delicious options and you can come home with two bags full of the ripest most tasty fruits high in fiber for under 10 euro.  The bakery, however, is a different story.  Full of treats, bread and carb-laden snacks, it’s very hard to find any sources of fiber in any of the selection.

In North America, we have many processed/junk foods but also a ton of healthy alternatives. You can find pastas, bread and rices in a variety of wholegrain options – basmati rice, brown rice, whole-grain rice – you name it!  And any type of pasta you want with fiber you can find! In Europe, it is all white. White bread, white pasta and white rice.  I can get one wholewheat spaghetti option but forget any other type of noodles!

Yet for some reason the Europeans are still so slim and in shape – it’s a mystery to me! All I know is that I’ve had to take my skinny fiber pills daily since living here – otherwise, I wouldn’t be getting nearly enough fiber each day.  I take 4 pills a day before lunch and dinner.  They guarantee me at least 5 grams of fiber out of my 20 grams that I try to meet each day.  Luckily, many fruits and vegetables are laden with fiber such as pears which have over 4 grams of fiber for a medium or large sized pear.  One all-natural skinny fiber review said the fiber in the pills made her more regular for her bowel movements and also gave her a lot of energy to get through her long and busy work day.  It’s very important to remember to drink a lot of water throughout the day – something that many people forget to do. You should be having at least 8 glasses of day.

I recommend jotting down on a notepad every time you have a glass, because if you don’t do this, you might be going through the day with only 1 or 2 glasses of water.  And if you drink a morning coffee too or tea, you are dehydrating your body even more.  The fiber works best in your body if you are drinking water because it expands in your stomach causing you to feel full and satisfied after eating breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Ever since I started taking skinny fiber, I also experienced much less cravings than I did before hand and it has helped me lose around 10 pounds in the past 2 months.  I know I could have lost more but I do have a thing for wine and cheese which we all know is high fat and high in calories! But hey, we can’t be perfect every day or life would be no fun!

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