Temptation is never as great as it is during the holidays. From the week before Christmas through New Year’s Day people binge, load up on carbohydrates and indulge themselves with Yorkshire puddings and Pecan pies. There’s a reason that weight loss becomes a frequent goal folded into New Year’s resolutions. While most of us feel that dieting means, by necessity, denial and frustration, you can eat what you like without gaining 20 pounds.
Prioritizing your choices while standing before a holiday buffet spread or sitting at the family feast makes the difference. Scan the table for leafy green salads and/or foods you eat the rest of the year, and get them on your plate before you get anything else. Once you have your healthier foods in place, fill the rest of the plate with tiny tastes of foods that are rich, creamy and sweet. What’s a tiny taste? About 1/4 of the size of your palm, or around 1 mouthful.
Eat slowly. It takes a while, about 20 minutes, for your brain to realize that your stomach is full, so eating slowly makes overeating less likely. Thoroughly chewing your food and devoting attention to its flavor makes less food more satisfying.
If you make these changes you are more likely to end the holidays wearing the same pants size you wore 3 weeks before they started!