5 Ways to Avoid Overeating at Holiday Parties

Don't stress yourself out this holiday season. Here are nutrition choices that will serve your physical and mental well-being.

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1. Party Smart.  When we go all day without eating or skip lunch prior to a party, this usually leads to unhealthy choices throughout the remainder of the day.  Make time for a cup of soup, a small salad with vegetables, or a handful of whole-grain chips with hummus.

2. Choose foods with power!  Foods that contain a high content of protein, fiber, and water (fish, lean meats, beans, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) have the highest satiating power.  Simple carbohydrates and high-fat foods (cookies, cakes, and bread) have a lesser effect on our sense of feeling satisfied.

3. Give yourself 20.  Practice good portion control by waiting 20 minutes in between visits to the buffet table.  This gives our body time to recognize the feeling of being satisfied.

4. Hydrate and deflate.  Beer, wine, and sugar-laden drinks are high in calories and have zero nutritional value.  Naturally, the more we drink the more we visit the restroom, which is great for those who are tracking steps!  For every alcoholic beverage, drink at least one glass of water.  Staying hydrated will decrease the likelihood of headaches, fatigue, and feeling bloated the next day.

5. Do yourself a favor and enjoy the flavors.  Socialize away from the food.  Mindless eating often occurs when we’re engaged in conversation and food is close at hand.  Try to eat sitting down and make a mind-body connection with your meal.

~Healthy and Happy Holiday Eating!

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