6 Ways to Avoid Over-Eating This Holiday Season

The holiday season is here. For many of us, the holidays mean over-eating. But fear not! You can eat healthy this winter with the following tips from Juliet Gyimah-Akesson, Nutritionist at Seabury Ward 6.

  1. Don’t arrive on an empty stomach

It is very tempting to skip meals before a holiday event in order to splurge, don’t! Have a light snack, such as fresh fruit, salad, and a handful of nuts or a small sandwich.

  1. Offer to bring a healthy dish

This plan provides you with a good menu option and your host would appreciate it.

  1. Avoid excess alcohol and snacks

Save your calories for the main meal. Alcohol provides many calories and almost no nutrients.

  1. Select small portions

Moderation is the key. Selecting small portions allows you to control your calorie intake and still enjoy all the different offerings.

  1. Eat slowly

Take your time and enjoy the taste of the meal. It usually takes about 20 minutes for your brain to get the message that your stomach is full. By eating slowly, you might be less likely to raid the dessert table.

  1. Leave the table when you are done

If you linger at the table, you may be tempted to continue eating even if you are not hungry. Offer to help with dishes, clear table or take a walk.

 

 

Featured Image by Connie Ma. License available here.

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