It seems that one of the most stressful parts of the holidays is EATING. Everyone always talks about how there are so many parties, and so much food they have to eat. And everyone uses the words “HAVE TO EAT!!” There is a big difference in having to eat, and having to OVEREAT!!!
Here are a couple of tips to keep holiday eating under control:
When you are going to a party, or dinner where you know there will be lots of food, DON’T GO HUNGRY!! Eat a snack before you go. Even a quick protein bar of some type will work. Choose something small so that you don’t arrive starving and eat too much.
Don’t be afraid to eat your holiday foods. When you get to dinner, put a small amount of all the foods you like on your plate and eat them. Just keep the portion sizes small, and don’t go back for seconds. You can rest assured that a couple of small holiday meals are not going to set you back at all, and you will get to enjoy some of your favorite holiday foods.
Don’t DRINK your calories! Holiday parties are notorious for serving sugar-filled cocktails and punches. Choose drinks without heavy mixers when possible and alternate with water in between.
It’s ok to say NO. Don’t feel guilty for turning down extra treats at parties, or taking home dishes. If it’s not around you can’t be tempted, right?
Don’t let one “bad” day turn in to multiple bad days. If you have a huge meal, or overeat, get back on track quickly. Don’t let it spiral out of control.