When we think of the holidays, we often think of lots of good food and good times with friends or family. It’s easy to overindulge because there is just so much good food to go around and we don’t know how to enjoy it wisely. How can you avoid going overboard with all of the delicious temptation all around you during the holidays? Check out a few ways you can avoid going too far over the holidays.
EAT, DRINK WATER, AND DON’T SIT AROUND
Try to keep up with your routine. For example, if you eat breakfast every day at eight am, then eat your breakfast as normal at eight am. Don’t starve yourself so you can eat more later during a meal at a social gathering. It won’t work out in your best interest. You’ll most likely end up eating more than you should if you skip a meal because you’ll be quite hungry.
Another helpful thing to do is drink water. You can drink a glass of water during a meal to after every 3-4 bites of what you’re eating to feel full faster if you don’t want too eat much. You can even drink a glass of water before a meal so that you feel a little less hungry. In addition to staying hydrated by drinking water, it’s also a good idea to keep healthy snacks with you if you’re traveling or on the go a lot over the holidays. Carry fruit, nuts, granola, water, or juice with you and don’t go hungry.
During the holidays it can be delightful to sit around and talk with friends and family whom you haven’t seen in months. It’s great to enjoy these times, but it’s also important to enjoy yourself being active too. If it’s possible to take a walk after a big meal, then do it. Play a game that gets you out of your chair for a few minutes. Do something active or fun as much as you can. It’s not always easy in icy places, but find something psychically active and enjoyable to do that keeps you from being stationary for a few hours.
SET UP A STRATEGY
Your best weapon against thoughtless overindulgent eating over the holidays is an organized approach of some kind when it comes to food. There are lots of ways you can take control of how much you eat. You can set limits with portion control by using smaller plates or measuring your serving sizes. Also try hacks such as chewing gum or wearing snug clothing when you know you’re going to have a big meal. If you have a surplus of tasty dishes, find a way to hide some things and save them later. If you’re at an event with a huge spread of food, peruse before you choose. It’s best to go through and check out your choices instead of attempting to dollop a little bit of everything onto your plate.
There is nothing wrong with savoring the delicious food made especially for the holidays. Just enjoy it in moderation. According to what you think is right for you, have a full or half portion of dessert. Consciously eat and set limits.