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5 Tips for Managing Your Food Over the Holidays

OK…its here…holiday season with all of those luscious temptations.  How many times have I left a party only to look back and say, I should have eaten differently.

 Writing this blog is helping me remind myself that there are a few ways that I can better manage my behavior at all of those holiday parties.  I wanted to share with you a few good tips from Eating Well Magazine.

 1. Get Enough Sleep

Rest up the night before a holiday fête by getting at least seven hours of sleep. A recent study found that after a short night’s sleep adults ate about an extra 300 calories and tended to choose higher-fat, higher-calorie foods. When women lack sleep they may feel less full after eating, while men tend to have an increased appetite. By getting your sleep, you’ll save calories and make healthier choices.

 2. Don’t hang out by the food!

I find that if I sit right in front of the food, I’m toast.  I simply can’t resist the yummies in front of me.  On the other hand I want to enjoy myself at the party, so here’s a tip from Eating Well that I find helpful; choose your first buffet picks wisely. Research suggests that you’ll consume the largest quantity of the foods you eat first, so set yourself up for success by starting with something low-calorie. 

3. Watch out for those calories from alcohol!

Count 1-2-3 when pouring yourself a glass of wine, to get an estimated 5-ounce serving. Don’t rely on just filling up a glass halfway, since many glasses are half full with 10 ounces of wine, which quickly turns that 125-calorie glass into a 250-calorie one.

 4. Visualize Success

Take a moment to visualize yourself being successful, happy and satisfied with your food choices at the party.   Then visualize yourself after the party looking at what you ate and feeling good about your choices.

 Once you’re at the party actually change your visual cues by downsizing your plate to trick your brain into thinking you are eating more. According to the Calorie Control Council, the average number of calories eaten at a holiday dinner is a shocking 3,000, and that doesn’t count pre-dinner snacking. Use an appetizer or salad plate instead of a dinner plate and eat 40 percent less, cutting 1,200 calories.

 5. Slow Down and Enjoy the Delicious Food Bite by Bite

Take smaller sips and bites to trick your brain into eating 30 percent fewer calories. Studies find that when you take nibbles, chew your food longer and eat slower, your brain thinks you’ve eaten more. So nibble, don’t gobble, that pecan pie: by taking smaller bites and chewing more, you’ll naturally eat less—saving around 143 calories per serving.


Now go out and enjoy the holidays!  Fill yourself with love, fun, friends and family.  

 

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