How to Overcome Overeating During Holiday Celebrations
The holidays seem to consist of one large meal or party after another. First, there’s the Thanksgiving feast, with turkey, stuffing, gravy, and pumpkin pie. Then comes a parade of holiday parties, delicious desserts, Christmas ham, goose, or beef, fabulous breads, and, of course, eggnog.
Traditionally, the holidays are a time to indulge and celebrate with friends and family. It can be very tempting to overeat during this special time of year, and that can result in packing on unwanted pounds. But there are ways to overcome overeating and avoid weight gain during the holidays.
Carry a water bottle or a glass of water around with you. The more water you drink, the less you are likely to eat, and the fewer high-calorie drinks you will consume. This includes alcoholic drinks, which can be extremely high in calories. As an added bonus, drinking water increases metabolism.
Don’t Go Out Hungry
Before you go to a party or holiday feast, have a healthy snack with fruit and whole grains. For example, have some almond butter on a slice of whole-grain toast and a small bowl of blueberries. This will take the edge off your appetite and make you less inclined to overeat.
With a delicious holiday meal in front of you, take the time to savor and enjoy each bite. Slow down, chew, and enjoy your food. Then wait before you go for seconds or dessert. It takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes for your brain to realize your stomach is full.
Go For the Vegetables First
Start filling your plate with plenty of green vegetables first. Next add some protein, such as chicken, turkey, or beef. Starches, such as potatoes or rice, should be the last items added to your plate. Eating veggies will fill you up, so you will be less inclined to overindulge in breads, cakes, pies, etc.
Bring a Healthy Dish
If you bring something healthy you prepared yourself to a potluck or party, you know there is at least one item you can add to your plate to help keep you on the right track. There may be others at the party who appreciate having healthier options as well.
Ask for a Take-Home Container
If you are enjoying something particularly delicious, consider asking for a take-home container instead of overeating. Knowing you can have more later may help you resist the impulse to eat past the point of fullness. Another option is to ask the hostess for the recipe (a great compliment) so you can make it yourself at home.
Go For a Walk Before Dessert
After a large holiday meal, delay dessert and go for a walk first. This can be an enjoyable activity with family and friends that gives everyone a little exercise. It also gives your stomach time to tell your brain how full it is before you start looking at desserts.
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