Starting in October with Halloween, food becomes the center of our worlds. We are urged to gorge on candy, then turkey, stuffing, rolls and desserts galore on Thanksgiving and it continues with Christmas or any holiday you celebrate. Then there are work parties, friend gatherings and delicious cookies around the house. It can be a struggle to eat healthy and avoid overeating at holiday gatherings. Here are some tips to get you through the holiday season and stay mindful of what and how much you’re eating:
- Practice self-care. Before a holiday gathering, eat a healthy meal, meditate, work out or do anything that will keep you stress free and in a healthy mindset all day.
- Make a plan. You know what you can and cannot eat. You know how healthy you want to be on a special occasion. There will always be relatives or friends who will urge you to try that extra dessert or question your decision to eat healthy. They might be ruthless or rude about what you’re eating, but remember you are taking care of you and what other’s think doesn’t matter. Be polite and graciously decline whatever you don’t want to eat. If you are worried there won’t be anything for you to eat at a holiday gathering, bring a few healthy dishes to share. That way you will know there will be something for you to eat and you can share a healthier dish with your friends or family.
- Remove distractions from the table while you’re eating. Turn off the TV, have everyone leave their phones elsewhere and put on silent and just enjoy the food and the company. Savor every bite, eat mindfully and finish when you’re full. You can always enjoy leftovers later.
- Don’t pick from different platters. Put food on a plate and don’t just pick at appetizers. It is too easy to forget what you’ve eaten or eat too much. You can still sample by putting small bites on a plate.
- While you’re piling on your plate, try to use smaller plates. If you use huge plates and glasses, chances are you’re going to fill it up and eat or drink too much. If you are at a relative’s home and using their oversized plates, try to only fill up part of it or spread your food out to avoid overeating.
- Look at all of the food before heading in line and piling up everything on your plate. This way you’ll avoid filling your plate with things you don’t like as much and missing your favorites at the end of the line.
- Pile on the veggies and good stuff. Don’t deprive yourself; pick your favorite holiday treats for one day but remember to fill your plate with mostly healthy foods. Think mindful indulging.
- Eat slowly and chew your food. You’ll taste more and appreciate the foods you wait all year to sample. You will also digest the food better and stop eating when you’re full.
- When you’re done eating, sit away from the food. If you sit next to a bowl of M&Ms after dinner, chances are you’ll keep eating them mindlessly and end up feeling sick.
- Go for a walk after dinner. It can help you digest and feel better after eating a large meal. If you did end up eating too much, try using essential oils or taking something to help your stomach feel better faster. It might just help you remember to avoid overeating at your next holiday party.
What do you do to avoid overeating at holiday dinners? Share with us!