Before you rush out and buy a pair of maternity stretch pants as the only way to fight the “Holiday Battle of the Bulge” feast your eyes on our Top Ten Ways to Avoid Holiday Overindulgence
- Wear tight clothes
Sounds simple but if you wear close fitting jeans or tops, you are less liking to eat a lot.
- Do not cook while hungry
Are you cooking the Holiday Meal, or baking up some tasty cakes or treats? What chef isn’t tempted to nibble a little while cooking, but, if you start preparing food on an empty stomach, you are more likely to indulge. So, have a healthy snack before you hit the kitchen.
- It’s OK to be particular
If you are at a Holiday party and there is food that is being passed around or on a buffet that you have “never had and always wanted to try,” it’s ok to limit yourself by being a bit of a “food snob” and only take the foods you know you like.
- Limit alcohol
If you are at a long party, like a New Year’s Eve party, it is a very good idea to mix up your mixed drinks with a few non-alcoholic choices such as water or club soda in between. This will not only save you on calories, but it may also just save you a DUI or worse on the way home!
- One dessert
As your festive treat, allow yourself one full-sized decadent dessert, as opposed to “grazing” the dessert table for cookies, petit fours, and other small pastries. You may think you are eating less with the small desserts, but most people will actually consume a lot more calories that way.
- Arrive hungry, but not starving
I know people who say that when they know they are going to a big party, they skip a meal or two during the day, to make up for what they feel they will chow down on at the party. But, that is a big mistake, because if you go really hungry, you are far more likely to overeat.
- Use a small plate
At a buffet-style party, if both large dinner plates and smaller salad or dessert plates are available, choose the smaller plates, even for the main courses. The large plate makes it too easy to fill up on everything and anything. The smaller plate will force you into taking less.
- It’s OK not to finish
Despite what your mom used to tell you about cleaning your plate and the “starving kids in Africa,” as soon as you feel even slightly full, it is OK not to finish everything that is on your plate.
- Chew some gum
Chewing gum starts digestion, and can make your body feel like it is eating even when it isn’t. Pop a stick instead of that second trip to the buffet line.
- Walk it off
No matter where you are spending the Holidays, this is a great time of year to get out and take a walk after a large meal. Make it a tradition to take an after-dinner walk to check out the Holiday decorations, or just enjoy the cooler crisper air.
Here’s to a happy and HEALTHY Holiday Season from all of us at Thehealthedge.com