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Follow these tips for avoiding holiday over indulgence this year

It’s officially the holiday season. Everyone is in a festive mood to shop and party. (Or par-tee as my grandsons would say!)

Whether it’s the Sunday school, social clubs, work or just having a good time, remember these tips to avoid over-indulging during the holidays:

1. Don’t arrive on an empty stomach!

Although you may be tempted to skip lunch so you can splurge on dessert, don’t. Have a bowl of cereal, vegetables sticks, fresh fruit, a salad, a handful of nuts or a small sandwich before you arrive.

Skipping breakfast or lunch may cause you to overeat and consume more calories than you would if you had eaten something beforehand.

2. Offer to bring a healthy dish.

This strategy not only provides you with a good menu option, but your host will greatly appreciate the help.

3. Avoid excess alcohol and snacks. Save your calories for the main meal.  Alcohol provides many calories and virtually no nutrients. Also, try not to sit within arm’s reach of tempting snack food.

4. Select small portions.

Moderation is the key.  Selecting small portions allows you to control your calorie intake yet enjoy all the different items offered. If you really crave a high-calorie item. Go ahead and treat yourself to a small serving.

5. Eat slowly.

Take time and enjoy the taste of your meal.  Pace yourself and try to be the last person to finish each course. Take small bites, and chew slowly. It usually takes about 20 minutes for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you are full. By eating slowly, you might be less likely to raid the dessert table.

6. Leave the table when you are done!

If you linger at the table, you may be tempted to continue eating even if you are not hungry. Stay long enough to enjoy the meal, but leave the table while you are still ahead of the calorie game. Offer to help with dishes, clear the table or take a walk.

Resource: SNAC