Holiday season is just around the corner. Everyone is looking forward to family get together, delicious food, warm evenings around the fireplace and happy kids running around. It is so easy to fall into the holiday spirit and allow yourself to overindulge. Holidays are amazing time, but they should not cost you your health.
When we overeat we actually poison our body. So what can we do to not sacrifice our health during the holiday season? I want to share some tips that could keep you on track and you will feel good about yourself afterwards.
- Have a light snack half an hour before and it will keep your cravings at a lower level. Coming to a dinner table with an empty stomach is the easiest way to eat more than your body actually needs.
- Eat slowly, chewing every bite. We are getting the signal to our brain with a 12-15 minutes delay. Eating slowly ensures that this important message have time to reach us.
- Eat protein and/or fiber-filled food. It will keep you filled for longer period.
- Stick to veggies for appetizers. Raw vegetables are not only low in calories, they are high in fiber, which will help you detox after your big meal. If the veggies are accompanied by a creamy dip, just go easy on the sauce.
- Talk more! One easy way to slow down and enjoy your meal is to talk to your neighbors. Since Christmas is about friends and family, this shouldn’t be so hard to do. Create a little dinner table conversation and be sure to stay involved in it. It will keep you from shoveling food into your mouth eating too quickly and overstuffing yourself.
- Spoon taste every dish. Take a tablespoon of every dish you want to taste. This way your palate and curiosity will be satisfied, but your belly will not suffer.
- Keep a bit of food on your plate. If your eyes are bigger than your stomach, no worries, but do stop when you are full. Plus, if you still have some food on your plate you can easily decline other.
With that being said, enjoy your holidays and have a Merry Christmas!