Easy Ways to Avoid Overeating
The holiday season is just around the corner and, as always, it’s bringing along homemade pies, trays of cookies and holiday inspired cocktails.
It’s hard to resist a buffet of food staring you in the face, especially when you’ve been looking forward to Grandma’s green bean casserole all year long. This year, save the cookies for Santa and follow these easy ways to avoid eating too much:
Eat a good breakfast
You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you start your day by eating some fat, protein, and carbs you’re more likely to stay satisfied longer and eat less over the course of the day. 1 This is a simple fix that can save you from stuffing your face later at the dinner table.
Stop emotional eating
Emotional eating is a problem in general, but the holiday season is an especially emotional time for many. Dorie McCubbrey, Ph.D., L.P.C., says that dealing with difficult emotions leads us to turn to food for comfort and escape. 2 If we try to understand and pin point which emotions are causing overeating, it’s easy to find nonfood ways to manage your emotions.
Have a plan
Whether you’re eating a meal at home or going to a holiday party, it’s always smart to have a plan. This might involve a weekly meal chart, or bringing a low-calorie platter of food to a party. Bringing a platter like veggies and hummus gives you a healthy option to reach for instead of the high-calorie option.
Don’t overdo the alcohol
Especially on an empty stomach before your meal, alcohol gets absorbed very quickly. Too much alcohol increases your appetite and helps you say yes to bad choice foods3, or a whole plate of them.Always make sure you have something in your stomach before you drink, and if you’re known to let loose and make bad (food) decisions try to limit your intake or drink a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On November 11, 2014