There are several ways to avoid overindulging during the holidays to avoid that dreaded word “diet” being at the top of your New Year’s resolution. Holidays seem to be the time of year that everyone looks forward to and you always hear the phrase I’m going to gain 10 lbs if I keep eating like this. That’s probably true for some people because they don’t know when to stop eating. I guess it’s the only time of the year that we’re truly getting to eat those great foods that taste so yummy and the desserts we crave all year long because our attempts of making the same desserts are just not as satisfying or fail.
When you make your holiday plans to eat with the family, there are a few things to consider that will actually make your time spent with family more enjoyable and you will feel better too. Drink a glass of water before your meal. If you need to sike yourself up, say to yourself, I will be feeling better than everyone else in the end because they will be bloated while you’re enjoying the family. Don’t show up starving, eat a small snack at least an hour before arriving. Use the smallest plate available, you’re right, you won’t be able to fill it with more food than you need.
Fill a larger portion of your plate with greens and vegetables that don’t have those extra fillers, add a portion of meat, and lastly add the grain foods. If you think you can’t resist an item, half the portion with something else in the same category. Avoid the pieces of bread, if at all possible, or ask someone to half it with you so you can satisfy that craving or suspense of how it may taste.
Eat slowly to savor the taste instead of eating as if you never get delicious meals elsewhere or that you don’t want to be the last one to finish eating. That’s something that always happens to me but I don’t struggle with my weight either, because of it and it’s good for the digestive system. Make it a point to be the last one finished or better yet, help the cook prepare the food and you’ll surely eat less because you consumed all the aroma while preparing the foods.
Eating slowly will give you the opportunity to enjoy those foods you wait all year to eat without feeling stuffed and full of regrets later. You most likely won’t ask for seconds. The last way to avoid overindulging during the holidays and still be able to enjoy your feast is to wait 30 minutes after your meal before considering any type of dessert. Choose one dessert that you really want and take a smaller portion or do like I do and have just a bite or two of several desserts but not consuming more than portion size.
Enjoy your holidays but keep these tips in your mind as you do and avoid snacking too much, you’ll be glad you did when you don’t have to diet because you followed the rules.