Thanksgiving is just a week away! I can’t believe it! It seems like this semester just started and now I’m less than a month away from GRADUATING!! It’s so surreal. I’m still trying to find a job and plan everything out so I’m not just sitting at home all day, but I wanted to take a much-needed break from all that and talk to you guys about overeating during the holidays.
Yes, we all do it. No need to be ashamed! We’ve all taken a second helping of turkey and mashed potatoes even though we were so stuffed we couldn’t move. Don’t deny it!
I’m here to help you with that. Look below for some great tips on how to not overeat during the holidays.
Skipping breakfast does not lead to saving calories! It can often lead to consuming more because we are so hungry by dinner time that we overeat. Eat a healthy breakfast with lots of carbs and fiber (oatmeal with fresh fruit) to give you energy throughout your busy day and to keep you full for a longer amount of time. If you’re like me, you eat half of the dish while you’re cooking it. By eating breakfast, you’ll be able to resist the temptation to snack all day.
Going to someone else’s house for the holidays? Pitch in! Ask if you can bring a meal to help out and bring something that you can eat. If you are vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free, bring something so that your host doesn’t have to worry about having something that you can eat. Otherwise, just bring a healthier dish in case there are only not-so-great, but oh-so-delicious options. (You can make your healthy dish oh-so-delicious too!)
A lot of people feel like they need to stay away from snacks until dinner time, but don’t be afraid to snack when you’re hungry. Eat some nuts or a granola bar in between meals so you aren’t starving by dinner time.
Use a smaller plate.
During the holidays, we tend to stuff ourselves until we can’t move anymore, we feel sick, and all we want to do is sleep. If you put your food on big plates, most of us will keep serving ourselves until our plate is full. Start off with a smaller plate, fill it up, eat it, then if, and only if, you are still hungry, get seconds.
Have you ever noticed that after the first 2 things you put on your plate, you start running out of room? Well, use that to your advantage! Put your healthier dishes, like vegetables, on your plate first, then add your other favorites. You can still eat everything, but your portion sizes will be bigger on the healthy stuff and smaller on the not-so-healthy, but still delicious stuff.
Sit Specifically and Eat Slowly
Find yourself a place to sit at the table that isn’t directly in front of the huge bowl of mashed potatoes or the pumpkin pie. You will find yourself staring at the food all night until you put a big spoonful on your plate even though you aren’t hungry.
Take your time when you are eating. When you eat slowly, you are able to feel yourself getting full more easily. Savor your food and you will be able to enjoy your meal more.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
So you ate 4 pieces of pie and 2 plates of mac and cheese. That’s okay! Don’t stress yourself out by running to the gym the next day and starving yourself. Just relax, focus on the present, and get yourself back on track.
Don’t forget to HAVE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON!