7 Strategies for Christmas Eating

The Christmas season is upon us, and now more than other times of the year we are bombarded with temptations at work, with every Christmas and New Year’s party and eve
n while we watch television.  So far over the last 10 weeks of The Fat Project, I have used some strategies that have served me well and I will double up on them for the holiday season.  I recently learned that the average Christmas dinner contains 3,500 calories…what’s more is that most people consume over 7,000 calories on Christmas day.  That is a full belly!

  1. Enjoy it…but one bite at a time – try everything, one spoon, fork or nibble at a time and only take more of what really is making you sing “Joy to the World.” Joy to the world
  2. Eat before a party – Eat a well-balanced but light meal before the party (1/2 veggies, 1/4 protein, 1/4 carb) and then you can say you have just eaten and politely decline most of the appys and snacks.Lunchbox-Fun-Healthy-Food-Plate
  3. Take a picture of the food on your plate and post it to social media – (just say you can’t believe how gorgeous it looks, if people are looking at you funny) Not only will you make your food look good on your plate, but you are guaranteed to make better choices if you are sharing with the world. IMG_20151120_191506
  4. One plate only – No seconds, really, no seconds.  If you desperately need a turkey and gravy injection, do so on the one and only plate you are going to eat. (Dessert is the exception…) 1-studio-shot-of-place-setting-kristin-lee
  5. Eat slowly – Everyone wants to be done so they can get at the pies, puddings and shortbreads. You will feel like you are in control and owning it, and you may stop before you are completely stuffed.  Let others attack the dessert first…baby-turtle-eats-strawberry-big
  6. Don’t eat everything on your plate – It is NOT rude or impolite to not eat everything you take.  Our eyes are bigger than our stomachs and you want to save room for dessert!Nanaimo
  7. Drink lots of water – not as tasty, but almost as filling.  You just won’t be able to eat as much.  Try a glass or two right before a meal to help lighten the evening.Water bottle

I would love to hear your strategies for healthy eating over the holiday season.  Lets share and have a Merry Christmas!

One thought on “7 Strategies for Christmas Eating

  1. My strongest trigger is hunger, which results in fast eating, which results in large portions.
    To address this , I try to eat frequently enough to prevent the urgent need to eat, which results in quick (junk food) fixes.
    To keep my stomach full longer, I eat my solid protien first, then follow with my veggies. This does not empty from the stomach very fast. I do not water this down with fluid or liquid foods ( ie watermelon). I also try to stay clear of fatty foods which stimulates the hunger hormone. I eat this until I am very full…then browse the dessert tray.
    Wishing you all the best of your holidays.

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