By: Leah Wheeler
The holidays are quickly approaching and that means we’ll be gathering with family and friends for breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, lunch, dinner; call it whatever you want but there’s going to be a meal involved. For anyone who is dieting or following a nutrition plan, this time of year tends to come with a little anxiety that all of the progress that’s been made will be undone in a single day. This year, try these 4 simple yet effective tips to help keep you on track this holiday season.
1. Take 10 before taking seconds
Most of us finish a meal and immediately go back to get seconds without a second thought. This year, once you’ve finished your plate, sit at the table and converse for 10 minutes before going back through the line. This will give your food a chance to settle and the rest of your body a chance to signal your brain that you’re full (or not). Even if you do have seconds, that 10 minute break will help ensure you don’t take as much food as you would have had you gone back up immediately.
2. Drink Water
A lot of times we mistake our bodies signals of dehydration for hunger cues. Having water with you throughout the day will serve a dual purpose by keeping your body hydrated and your hands occupied. Either way, it should help you resist some of the temptation to eat when you aren’t really hungry.
3. Eat your veggies
Ok, ok, not all the tips can be fun. But really, eat your veggies. As you walk through the dinner line, start with the vegetables. I’m talking things like green beans, broccoli, carrots, and salads. Try to select options that are whole foods over the casseroles and load up your plate with those first. If there are appetizers involved, try munching on some of the raw veggies (and fruits). Your body will feel satisfied and you’ll have less room on your plate for some of the less healthy options.
4. Converse away from the table
When there is food sitting in front of you, you’re more likely to eat it. It’s a scientific fact. Ok, maybe not, but I’d be willing to bet that at some point in your life you’ve sat in front of a table and mindlessly eaten whatever was in front of you. This holiday, make a conscious decision to have your conversations somewhere you won’t be tempted to do that.