Tips to avoid overeating during holidays

Don’t skip meals. Many people believe that if they skip breakfast or lunch, they can save all those calories for the holiday party that night. That sounds like a good idea, but skipping meals can make you crabby and tired and maybe lead to a headache that just might ruin your evening festivities.

Plus, when you are really hungry and surrounded by high-calorie holiday treats, you may turn into a raving eating-machine and consume many more calories than the ones you skipped earlier in the day.

Eat small meals. Eat a bowl of whole grain cereal and low-fat milk for breakfast, a mid-morning snack of raisins and nuts, followed by a healthy lunch with a bigsalad or a sandwich made with whole grain bread will keep your body and your brain fueled throughout the day.

Eat high-fiber foods before the party. When you have a party to attend, snack on some fiber-filled foods just before you go. Fiber helps you to feel full, and if you aren’t feeling so hungry, you might not eat so much at the party. Choose foods like low-calorie vegetables, a small salad, a piece of fresh fruit, or a small bowl of oatmeal.

Eat small amounts of the foods you love. No one wants to feel deprived, so go ahead and take a small piece of pie or one cookie — but not both. Look over the buffet or the serving table, and pick out one thing that you really would love to enjoy. The rest of your plate can be filled with healthy vegetables and fruits, whole grain crackers, cheese and lean meats.

 

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