Follow these simple guidelines for how to enjoy your celebrations with your loved ones, while avoiding overindulging and excess calorie intake.
SLOW DOWN AND ENJOY THE MEAL:
It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to realize that you are full from the meal you are eating. Try to wait at least 20 minutes before you have dessert or seconds. Take this time to enjoy the celebration.
THE POWER OF A PAUSE:
Take time when you are eating to talk with your company, have a glass of water, or simply to reflect. This will ensure your meal will last at least 20 minutes.
AVOID DRINKING YOUR CALORIES WITH YOUR MEAL:
Water, freshly brewed tea, seltzer, and black coffee are all typically calorie free. These beverages may aid digestion, especially the water. Many holiday treats are high calorie and should be kept to a minimum, including egg nog, alcohol, soda and juice.
CHOOSE HOT BEVERAGES WHEN POSSIBLE:
Hot beverages tend to help aid digestion. Drink hot tea or hot water with a fresh lemon slice before, during, and after your meals to aid digestion. Avoid drinking caffeine in excess such as coffee or black tea.
EAT THROUGHOUT THE DAY:
Eat small meals and snacks before the holiday meal. Avoid skipping meals that day to save room for the feast. Eating throughout the day will increase your metabolism and put less stress on your digestive system.
DELAY THE DESSERT:
Instead of eating dessert right away, wait and eat dessert one to two hours after your meal. You may end up eating less dessert and put less strain on the GI tract.