Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means a delicious holiday feast with family and friends. Not to mention the obligatory office party! Learn how to avoid overeating on Thanksgiving (and other major holidays).
With all of these rich holiday foods and sweets, it can be easy to get carried away and overeat. Here are some easy ways to prevent overeating this Thanksgiving, and on other major holidays.
Since the holidays are a time of indulgence, it is tempting to skip meals so you’ll have “more room” for your favorite holiday foods. Don’t!
Skipping meals is a big factor in holiday overeating.
Whether your family eats the Thanksgiving meal around lunchtime or for dinner, it is essential that you eat a good, healthy meal before the main event to prevent eating too much later in the day.
Using a smaller plate tricks your eye into thinking that you have more food than you actually do, causing you to eat less. If possible, ask the host for a smaller plate. If it is tradition to use your great-grandmother’s china plates or no smaller plates are available, take smaller portions instead.
We love our holiday foods and tend to indulge as much as possible since we won’t get them again until next year. Since many meals are served buffet-style, it is essential that you remember to control your portions and take only a small scoop or piece of food each.
If the food is plated for you, politely request smaller portions.
To check whether your portions are correct, use your hand for guidance. For example, a portion of salad would be two fists put together.
When eating dinner, periodically. If you are feeling satisfied, that is, not hungry but not overly full, you’re done eating for this meal. Occasionally stopping during the meal will help your brain catch up to your body to determine how full it actually is. Not to mention it will give you the opportunity to catch up with family and friends.
If you find that your stomach is still growling, you can get seconds—just remember to take small portions!
It may be tempting to eat quickly so you can get to your favorite dessert, but slow it down. Eating too fast makes you consume more calories before your body realizes that have eaten too much.
Take small bites and thoroughly chew your food before swallowing. Not only does this slow down your eating, but will help you better enjoy the flavors of your food.
If you find that you have accidentally overeaten, don’t beat yourself up over it! It is okay to treat yourself every once in a while and as long as you continue to eat healthily, keep up with your exercise, and not overindulge all the time you’ll be fine.
If you’re concerned that you’ll continue to overindulge, ask a trusted friend or family member to give you a little reminder nudge if they spot you reaching for another slice of pie. With the right support system, you’ll find yourself staying honest.