How To Avoid Overeating For The Holidays

Greetings, beloved, and I trust everything has been going well for the holidays. It is that time of year again when there is so much hustle and bustle as many prepare for the festivities ahead, especially for those on a health journey; this can be very challenging because holidays involve food and lots of it. If you are like me, you may wonder if you should skip the festivities and have a quiet evening at home to avoid overindulging. But is that necessary? I do not think so because there is no better time than spending quality time with friends and loved ones: for some, it is the only time of year that they get to see their loved ones, so skipping out altogether for the sake of not wanting to overeat may come across as a bit selfish. And especially since life is so fragile and unpredictable, we want to spend as much time with those we love because there is nothing worse than regret after they are gone.

What if I tell you that you can get through the holidays and not overeat? Of course, this will take careful planning and a little self-discipline. So here is how:

  1. Plan ahead– Planning allows you to get the necessary things in place so that everything runs smoothly and you are not anxious or stressed. So, whether or not you are the host, you can ensure that more whole foods and vegetable options are available. This way, you are eating healthy, nutritious foods that are also low in calories.
  2.  Do not go hungry – I tend to do this. I usually avoid eating when I am going to settings that involve food. As a result, I do not risk eating excess calories; this works for me, but if it is not for you, ensure that you eat something wholesome before attending. We tend to overeat when we feel super hungry, so be mindful.
  3.  Do not overeat– take just enough to satisfy your hunger, and do not consume more than your stomach needs.
  4.  Make it Public that you are on a healthy journey – Letting people around you know that you are aiming to eat healthier and maybe hope to shed a few pounds will keep you accountable because you know there will be at least one person there who will be watching everything you do. So even if you feel like digging in, you will not; besides, who likes looking silly?
  5.  Drink Water – Drinking adequate water will help you not overeat, as we often mistake thirst for hunger. So the more you drink, the less you will eat.
  6.  Avoid the doggy bags – Do not take extra home foods, especially if it is something that you are trying to avoid.
  7.  Use a small plate– Eating your food on a small plate will allow you to take just what you need.

Most importantly, take things in strides; if you mess up, do not be too hard on yourselves. Just brush it off at continue. And remember, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1st Corinthians 10:31).

God bless!

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