December is here! You know what means? It is officially holiday season. If you are anything like me, the holidays are full of visiting friends and family usually paired with too much eating and drinking. But do not worry, you can avoid overeating by following these simple tips. Before I forget, I will be hosting a Detox Challenge in January to start 2017 right. Make sure you sign up! Let’s get started!
If you are going to grandma’s house and she is making your favorite cheesecake, make sure you balance what you eat and drink before you get there. Try having a healthy breakfast and lunch to make sure you do not overdo it. If you are making multiple stops, spread out your eating and drinking specially if you’ve been eating clean. Your body might not be happy with you, and no one wants that during the holidays.
Use a Smaller Plate
I got one word for you: Portion. I remember growing up, I would always grab the bigger plate to get as much as possible, I simply couldn’t wait for seconds. I would get full, but when I saw all the food on my plate I felt that I had to eat it. Also, my family wouldn’t let me get away with leaving food on the plate. This holiday, grab a smaller plate. Start with small servings and give your body 20 – 30 minutes to digest before going for seconds.
Don’t Skip Meals
Make sure you eat healthy snack. We all know everything we eat during the holidays won’t be the healthiest, but this is not the time to skip meals. Quite the opposite, make sure you keep your metabolism moving. That way when you get to dinner, you won’t feel like you need to eat everything you see. That’s why I always keep healthy snacks in my purse, because it gives me a buffer in between meals.
Don’t Over Drink
Just don’t do it. Drink one glass of water before and after each drink. This will not only limit your consumption of alcohol; it will also help you avoid a hangover.
Listen to Your Body
You know that feeling you get right before you have that drink, that you know you shouldn’t have? Yea, do not ignore that feeling and do not have that drink. I know grandma’s pie is your favorite and she only makes it once a year, but instead of forcing yourself to have another bite, put a piece aside and save it for later.
Savor Your Meal
Everything is ok in moderation. Do not feel guilty for eating your favorite foods. So, what if you aren’t having kale for desert, who cares? You are enjoying time with your family and you shouldn’t feel bad about that. You better enjoy that slice of pie! Just remember the rest of the tips I mentioned above and you will be ok!
How do you avoid overeating during the holidays? I would love to know your thoughts, so drop them in the comments section!