Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition for Washington University in St. Louis, has offered some tips on how not to overdo eating this holiday season.
Don’t starve yourself before the big meal. It just makes you eat more.
Survey meal options before loading up your plate.
Choose more veggies but don’t skip favorite foods. Just choose smaller portions and eat more slowly in order to savor every bite.
Find time for a family walk. It relieves stress and burns calories.
Choose dark chocolate candies for a sweet treat; nuts and fruit covered with dark chocolate is even better.
Make a swap: Skip everyday foods to enjoy holiday “special” foods.
Have a plan for eating so that you control the eating not the other way around.
Don’t starve yourself in anticipation of the big meal. Starving or saving room generally leads to overeating. Instead boost intake with veggies, but don’t skip some protein at each meal which helps control hunger.
Plan, plan, plan. And if the plan fails, get right back on track. One slip is not a pattern
Forget making promises to make up for overeating with exercise later. If you want to eat those holiday treats you can monitor portions and schedule that walk.