The holidays are nice times for families to get together and celebrate the occasion. These celebrations consist of pleasant conversations and a table full of various foods fit to feed an army.
The food looks and smells so good – it’d be great to have your fill of each dish, wouldn’t it? Most people can attest to the fact that they go into the holiday dinner knowing they’ll overeat when they see the array of scrumptious food. We tend to eat more at holiday dinners for a few reasons.
Stress and tension. Sometimes when families get together, the atmosphere isn’t all positive. Stress over how people will receive you in your newest endeavors or tension over things that may have happened in the past can affect your ability to stick to your diet. The only way you feel you can handle those situations is to eat.
To prevent this, try working out those feelings before the visit. If you have a new endeavor you’re going to embark upon, holiday dinners aren’t the best place to announce it if you don’t know how well it will be received.
Try to let the family or friends know beforehand and give them some time to mull it over. If you’re harboring feelings over a past incident with someone, try talking out those feelings with that person before going. Let the past be the past and focus on the present and the future.
Going overboard on your diet. Some people starve themselves on their diet in order to be able to enjoy the delicious holiday dishes. They think that they’ll be evening things out this way. But instead of eating a normal-sized meal, you super size your holiday platter and feel miserable afterwards.
It’s never good to starve yourself. If you want to eat more of a holiday meal, just adjust your calorie intakes for the day. Figure out what will be served at the dinner and find out how many calories you could essentially consume. Eat lower calorie meals and snacks before and after the meal to keep your stomach satisfied and stay on your diet.
Want to eat everything in sight. It’s easy to be tempted to eat everything that’s laid out for you on the table. While there’s nothing wrong with tasting everything in front of you, it’s best to take little bites of each item. Sometimes you can fill up by just ‘taste-testing’ everything. You can take in fewer calories and fat and you can keep others happy because you at least tried the dish they brought to share.
Holidays can be a wonderful time to spend with family and friends, but it can also be hazardous to your diet plan. If you want to enjoy your holiday meal, but not fall off the wagon, try some of these tips the next time you’re invited to a holiday celebration.