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'Tis the Season of Overeatin'

Nov 17, 2011

It's the time of year when you wonder if all the hard work you've put in thus far is going to be for nothing! You've been on track for a while now, eating healthy foods and exercising on a regular basis, and all for what? To throw it all away during the holiday festivities--we think not! The good news is, there are ways to enjoy yourself and still manage to come out feeling proud of yourself and no heavier than when the season began! Below are a few tips that will make the holiday eating and socializing a bit easier to overcome right on into 2012:

  • Portion control should be the top priority. You can have a tiny bit of a variety of things. Just keep in mind that you can easily over do it!
  • Drink a large glass of water before attending a party, or if you're the host, serve a light soup before the big meal. You, and your guests, will benefit and will be less likely to overeat.
  • Use smaller plates at the buffet table.
  • Cover most of your plate with veggies, lean protein, and salad (and not potato salad!).
  • Make sure you get a good serving of turkey--4 to 6 ounces--that will keep you from being as tempted by the dessert selection!
  • Avoid startchy side dishes like candied yams and creamed potatoes. Fill up on roasted green beans or asparagus and less dense winter squash dishes.
  • Try to avoid any form of stuffing if you can. If you must, a few bites will need to suffice.
  • Don't let dessert be your downfall--especially if you kept it clean throughout dinner.
  • Tone down the alcohol consumption. These are just empty calories that really only function to make you want to eat the bad things.
  • Instead of watching football on TV with the fam, suggest everyone go outside and start your own game. This will not only keep you active and having a good time, but less focus will be on food.

When all is said and done, if you do indulge, keep it light and get back on track the next day. Remember to make time for activity and exercise even if you feel bogged down with other commitments. You'll feel better about yourself come January 1st!

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