When we think of the holidays, we think of spending time with family, giving gifts, and eating food. Lots and lots of food.
With that being said, how much is too much when it comes to indulging in all the yummy goodness of food and drink?
Here are some tips to making the holiday eating more enjoyable without the proverbial "food coma":
1. Put the same amount of space between meals as we would on a typical day.
2. Make sure that before we eat, we’re actually hungry. If we’re not hungry, then don’t eat.
3. Have one plate full of food only at the main meal for the day. No seconds.
4. Drink a full glass of water 30 minutes before each meal to curb eating too much.
5. Wait 30-45 minutes before having dessert. Instead of having multiple full servings of desserts, if we want more than one dessert, split it in half and have two of favorites.
6. After each meal, make a commitment to get up and move around. Stand up during conversations. If it’s nice outside, then go for a walk with family members.
7. Make sure that all eating stops 2-3 hours before planned bedtime.
When we follow these guidelines, we can strike a balance between indulging in special foods during this time of the year and going overboard.
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