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Strategies To Help Avoid Overeating During The Holidays

Strategies To Help Avoid Overeating During The Holidays

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Strategies To Help Avoid Overeating During The Holidays
Strategies To Help Avoid Overeating During The Holidays

When the holidays come around, even some of the healthiest eaters can struggle to avoid overeating. A busy social calendar can make it hard to balance healthy eating with occasional indulgences. And of course, holiday celebrations are about spending time with people you love, not about depriving yourself of traditional holiday foods because you’re afraid of guilt. 

It’s okay to have your favourite indulgences and you shouldn’t feel bad for it. You shouldn’t feel guilty, or as though you have to ‘punish yourself’ with a hard slog at the gym if you accidentally ate larger portions than you intended over the holidays (or any other time). 

The tips below may help you if you’re trying to be more mindful of eating habits during the holidays. This way you can still enjoy holiday eating without the negative thoughts and guilt that can come after overeating. Having these few tricks up your sleeve might help if you’re trying to avoid overeating. 

Serve yourself

During the holidays, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to eat all kinds of amazing foods! Rather than depriving yourself and saying no altogether, try keeping an eye on the size of the portions you’re eating instead. By serving yourself, rather than allowing someone else to plate the food for you, you’ll have more control over the amount that’s in front of you, and what you're likely to eat. 

Eat slowly

Take your time eating and enjoy your food! By paying attention to what you’re eating, you’re more likely to notice when you start to feel full and you get to savour the delicious food you’re eating. Mindful eating can really work in your favour during the holidays!

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Eat what you love

Enjoy the must-haves or traditional treats that you’ve been looking forward to all year, rather than loading up on the food you can eat ‘anytime’. Choosing the foods you have been waiting for and eating them slowly makes it more likely you'll savour the moment. Another tip — you can also try making healthier versions of traditional favourites, like these raw pumpkin cheesecakes

Limit your time at parties

Holiday time can be very hectic, which means you may end up heading into a party without eating much first, leading to an accidental binge. It can be easy to keep snacking throughout the night without realising how much you actually ate, or you might find yourself filling up on snacks and then having a big meal on top of that. If you feel that may be a problem for you, then you might want to try cutting back the time you spend at social events. When the invitations start rolling in, pick the few events that you really want to attend and decline the other offers, or plan to stay for a shorter amount of time. 

These tips are not about making you feel bad for wanting to indulge during the holidays. Instead, they can help you to enjoy yourself without going overboard and allowing you to eat more than you want to or more than you enjoy. 

Part of living a healthy lifestyle is learning how to build a healthy relationship with food. Let’s all make an effort to refocus our mindset around holiday eating, and to see it as a time of celebration, rather than a potential sabotage to our healthy eating goals. 

Enjoy what you’re eating and happy holidays!

* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.

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