Tips to Prevent Overeating During Holidays

overeatingWe are almost here! Thanksgiving is just a a few days away, the weather will be cooler (next week we hope) and all those promises to stay lean and healthy have become a distant memory.
Starbucks has all the holiday cups, the time change made days shorter; no wonder we crave heavier foods this time of the year. And all those parties and family gatherings! Who can resist the temptation?!
Forget will power, all you need is a little bit of savvy planning. With my tips to prevent overeating, you will also make your eating more balanced and satisfying.

Tip #1 HYDRATE
Did you know that oftentimes when you feel hungry, you are actually thirsty? We tend to drink more water in the summer and the weather cools off, water consumption falls to the wayside. What to do? Drink herbal tea! It counts! Mint, ginger or chamomile are all good choices. Also, carry a water container and refill it at least 5 times per day. Add fresh mint, lemon or orange slices to play with flavors.

Tip #2 EAT A SNACK BEFORE A BIG MEAL OR PARTY
The biggest myth is that you have to save “room” for that big dinner party or a holiday get-together. Well, I suggest you do something completely opposite: eat before a party. It will give you energy and allow you to pace yourself, stopping when you are full instead of filling your tummy with bread even before your meal arrives.

Tip #3 STICK TO LOW-GLYCEMIC FOODS

Consuming sugary foods makes your body store any excess sugar as fat.
To make things worse, after an initial spike in blood sugar, your body crashes shortly after, leading to cravings , crankiness and fatigue that can cause you to overeat. Low-glycemic foods keep your energy steady, help stave off hunger and prevent the yo-yo effect of blood sugar spikes.

Tip #4 TAKE YOUR TIME
It takes 20 minutes for your brain to register that your tummy is full. What that means is that you need to take your time and chew your food. Because if you don’t, you will eat way too much. I recommend you schedule your meal times and chew your food thoroughly.

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