It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
The holidays are a glorious time where we can come together with friends and family to eat, drink, and be merry. This can pose an issue for your fitness and nutrition goals though. So, how do you enjoy the holidays without ditching your goals? You’ve asked and I’ve answered! I will take it question by question to help you navigate the holidays. Here is question number five.
How Do You Avoid Overeating at Holiday Parties?
Holidays and overeating have become synonymous with each other. It doesn’t have to be this way though. I have two rules that I follow at holiday parties and I will share them with you.
Only Eat The Specialties
Your grandmother’s family recipe that she only makes during Christmas? Absolutely! The bag of Lays chips and dip that your cousin opened up and set out on the table? Probably not. One way to avoid overeating at the holidays is by only eating the foods that are special and unique to that occasion. Eat the items that you can’t get any other time of year and skip on the rest.
The Rule of One
This rule has been a lifesaver. The rule of one helps you control your portion sizes. This is how it works. For appetizers, you can have one small plate or napkin, and that is it. At dinner, you can have one plate, but no going back for seconds. During dinner, only one glass of a drink that contains calories, such as wine or cider. The rest of your beverages need to be calorie free, like water, unsweetened tea or diet soda. When dessert comes, you can have one small plate of one item that you really want. Much of the overeating occurs when you go back for seconds and even thirds, or when your idle hands keep grabbing more appetizers. By following the rule of one, you will have more control over what you are eating.
Overeating during the holidays is common and an easy thing to do when there is a different party every weekend. To avoid this, only eat the specialties that you can’t have any other time of year and stick to the rule of one. And remember, the first bite always tastes the best anyway!