The holidays for many of us means friends, family, and lots and lots of food! From November until the new year begins, there’s an abundance of savory foods and to-die-for desserts just begging to be eaten which isn’t exactly helpful if you’re trying to stay the healthy course. Whether you’re following a TLS® Weight Loss program or just want to make it through the holidays with your healthy habits intact, there are a few things you can do to avoid overeating this holiday season!
Enjoy a Little of Everything
You could have the best intentions, but it’s hard to keep self-control close when you’re staring down a table of your absolute favorites! Thankfully, you don’t have to refrain from enjoying the foods you’re so excited about. This can lead to feelings of deprivation and actually cause you to end up for seconds (even thirds!) if you aren’t satisfied with what’s on your plate.
The key here is knowing that these foods aren’t disappearing if you don’t eat them right this second. Rather than loading up your plate with full-sized portions before they all disappear, take a moment to consider 4-5 must-haves for dinner and another 4-5 for dessert. Then, just add smaller portions to your plate! Not only will you be able to sample more, but you’ll also enjoy it more since you won’t be struggling with that awful “I ate too much” feeling!
Watch Your Portions
How much you eat makes a difference, even when you’re choosing healthier options. Serving and plate sizes have increased significantly over the years, and this can make it hard to tell whether you’re eating too much! One quick fix is to choose a smaller plate instead of the larger one. Choosing smaller plates can help you make smarter choices by only leaving you room for the foods you really want to indulge in and, especially considering how heavy many holiday foods are, you might just find you’re satisfied after one plate!
You can also control portion sizes by making your dish portions smaller! Whether you’re hosting the entire party or simply bringing a dish, try cutting it into smaller sizes or pre-portioning plates for guests. Not only will you + guests be tempted to eat less, but you’ll be able to sample more without going overboard. Win-win!
Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No”
We all like to share food – especially when we’ve worked hard to create them – but that doesn’t mean you should feel pressured to eat an extra-large helping of Aunt Jen’s pecan pie when you don’t really want it. The purpose of all the gathering is to spend quality time with your loved ones, not the food!
To avoid overeating this holiday season, don’t let yourself feel like you have to eat everything to make others happy! Instead, take this opportunity to talk about the healthy changes you’re making in your lifestyle. Not only is this a great way for UnFranchise Owners to open up a conversation about their favorite TLS® products, but it’s also a chance to find support for your healthy habits when you need it most! At the very least, Aunt Jen will understand that your “no” to that second slice of pie was about your healthy habits instead of her favorite recipe.
What tips do you have to avoid overeating this holiday season?
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