One of the greatest parts of the holidays is the home cooked food we take time to sit down and enjoy. Hardly anyone has time to do this anymore, and the holidays offer a break in our ordinary schedule to enjoy a family dinner with our closest relatives. Unfortunately, this can also lead to overindulgence, and that diet or exercise regimen you’ve been following so closely is out the door! If you’d like to evade this common problem, we offer nine tips that we’ve found to help you bypass the dreaded holiday overeating!
- Prepare – If you’re more active, typically your metabolism will be higher and could help with your holiday feast. Consider adding time or distance to your workout or run. Looking at the actual calorie counts for some of your favorite foods beforehand may also help you think twice before going for that slice of pie or cake.
- Eat a healthy snack – We know eating several small meals a day is better for us than splurging on one big meal. The holidays are no different, and a great tip to help avoid overeating is grabbing a healthy snack before you head out for the day. A snack with lean protein, fiber, carbs, and some healthy fat will help you feel fuller and satisfied.
- Snack smart – If you’re still feeling the need to snack before the meal, limit the portion and try to focus only on the one or two things you must have.
- Use small plates and mini portions – Just as with snacking, your meal can follow the same rules. Using smaller plates tends to act as its own portion control, and you actually consume fewer calories. Taking small amounts of the multiple food options will allow you to get a taste of everything while limiting how much you actually consume.
- Skip the dips and/or dressings – These are loaded with calories!
- Eat slowly and allow your body to digest – You’re not at the office, and normally not in a hurry to rush off to something else during the holiday. Enjoy the company and food, and take your time eating. If going back for seconds or desserts, take a break first and give your body some time to digest. You may find you’re not as hungry as you were when you first finished.
- Limit the alcohol and sodas – If you do plan on enjoying these drinks, be sure to mix in water or other low calorie drinks. Your meal may already have enough extra calories without the drinks having to add to it!
- Seek out distractions – After you finish eating, there’s usually plenty of cleanup to be done. Rather than sit and snack, find something to do that will distract you from eating more.
- Limit your stress level – Holidays can bring on a lot of stress, and some of us cope with stress by eating more. Enjoy your time with family and friends, and take some time to relax. If you need help we offer several supplements, such as our Pure Life Capsules. (Learn more in our article on reducing stress)
Rather than overeating at your next holiday meal, we hope you can follow these tips and be better prepared for your next event. We hope you found this article helpful! As always, if you have specific questions or concerns, we at DR Vitamin Solutions would be happy to help. Simply use our contact page, leave a comment, or feel free to give us a call!
By David Benic, DR Vitamin Solutions