Surviving the Holidays - Part 1 - All The Food

The end of the year is fast approaching and with that comes numerous celebrations with family and friends, usually involving elaborate meals. And by meals, I mean feasts. Delicious hors d'oeuvres, drinks, entrees, sides, desserts, and desserts. And desserts.

Many of us are hesitant to head into the holidays dreading the extra pounds we’ll be carrying by January 1st. It’s no easy task to refuse the delectable treats that seem to be everywhere.

So, while we can’t necessarily control the amount of food we will be offered in the coming weeks, we can think about ways to enjoy ourselves while not succumbing to overindulgence time and time again. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate the way I feel after gorging myself on a fabulous meal. Not to mention the guilt that comes with the lack of self control I presented.

Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind. You’ve probably heard them before, but that doesn’t mean they are easy to do, especially in the moment. Reread this when you're heading to your next event so you are prepared to make good choices.

During mealtime:

  • Don’t show up starving. You’ll eat too fast, too much and feel awful afterward.

  • Scoop small portions onto your plate, especially if there are numerous options.

  • Take notice of your plate size. It can be hard to gauge a normal size portion when eating on an over-sized plate.

  • Slow down. Enjoy each bite.

  • Engage in conversations with those around you, but don’t mindlessly eat while you chat.

  • If you don’t like something on your plate, don’t eat the rest of it.

  • Do you really need seconds? How about taking a plate home to enjoy the next day?

  • Take tiny portions of desserts, even a few bites are satisfying.