Overeating can be a major concern over the holidays. But you don't have to spend the entire weekend worrying. While it is easy to overdo it, keeping these tips in mind should be enough to keep you safe and sound! Forget fear, dine with confidence!
1. Refrain from drinking alcohol before eating.
Alcohol lowers your self-control and increases your appetite. If that isn't a recipe for disaster at Thanksgiving, we don't know what is!
2. Choose clothes wisely.
Although it may go against your instinct, DO NOT wear loose clothing to dinner. Wear comfortable clothes but ones that are slightly constricting around the waist. This will give you a better understanding of how much you have eaten.
3. Drink lots of water.
Water is good for staying hydrated but it will also make you feel a little fuller. By drinking water, you are preventing your stomach from slipping into starvation mode which, of course, can cause you to overeat.
4. Brush your teeth.
When was the last time something tasted good after your brushed your teeth? Never. That has never happened. Use this to your advantage at mealtime!
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5. Have all of the food on your plate.
Put everything you want to eat on your plate. Don't have more turkey, then a dollop of potatoes, oh a little more stuffing too. It is impossible to keep track of how much you have eaten. Putting it all on your plate can help you balance the meal and track how much you've consumed.
6. Eat slowly.
Eating slowly is helpful when it comes to digestion AND it can trick your brain. By taking your time, your brain thinks you are eating a lot of food. Try to keep pace with the table so you don't finish too early or have to rush when everyone else is finished. Besides, if you eat slowly, you can actually enjoy the food!
7. Chat with people.
If you chat with people at the table, your focus will no longer be on eating which will slow you down. And as mentioned above, slowing down should be your aim.
8. Sit away from high-calorie food.
Pile your plate with as many vegetables as you can before you even bother with the high-calorie foods. By the time you eat the healthier foods on the table, you won't likely even have room for the bad stuff.
9. Stop before you feel too full.
Is there anything worse than feeling STUFFED? As soon as you get even an inkling that you've had enough, stop eating immediately. If you have to, excuse yourself from the table and get a head start on the dishes.
10. Have the right mindset.
When sitting down to dinner with your friends and family, remember these two things: Thanksgiving is just a meal like all other meals AND it is okay to overeat a little bit. Here's the deal, if you treat Thanksgiving like it is the biggest meal of the year, a once-a-year experience, you will be tempted to eat as much of this celebratory food as possible. On the flip side, if you try too hard to limit everything you eat, you will drain your willpower long before dessert is even served. Even if it is your favourite holiday, it is still just another day. Besides, it isn't like you can't make a turkey and all the trimmings any time you wanted! This isn't your last chance to eat!
At the end of the day, be patient with yourself. You will likely eat more than you normally do, and that is okay. There is no need to feel guilt or shame.
How do you keep yourself from overeating on Thanksgiving?
Source: Elite Daily
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