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The holiday season is in full swing — and so is the overindulgence that comes with it.
It’s no secret that the parties, goodies at the office and other sweet treats are often hard to resist.
And then there’s the gift-buying, entertaining and traveling that adds additional stress. It’s no wonder we all want to simply eat our way through the holidays, even though we know we’ll pay for it in the new year.
Want to keep your eating on track this holiday season? It’s may be easier than you think.
Check out these tips that will help you to not overindulge.
Don’t skip meals. Even if you think you’re saving up calories to eat later in the evening, you’ll actually eat more because you’re so hungry. Make healthy choices during the day so you won’t overindulge.
Chew gum. Chewing gum stimulates your digestive process and tricks your body into thinking that it’s getting food.
Drink more water and less alcohol. Most of us don’t get enough water in the first place and drinking alcohol only leads to more dehydration. You don’t have skip alcohol entirely, just drink a glass of water in between alcoholic beverages and watch how much you do drink.
Manage your portions. Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean we can throw portion size out the window. Load up on veggies as an appetizer and lighten up the other areas of your plate.
Enjoy a full-size dessert. Don’t graze at the dessert table eating little tastes of various desserts because you’ll end up eating more.
Cut yourself some slack. If you overindulge at one event, forget about it. One too many cookies isn’t going to ruin your diet completely. Look at every day as a new opportunity to change your eating habits and make healthy choices.
Be prepared. For those parties or events where you know there will be tables of tempting foods, eat a meal beforehand or bring a healthy snack along. When you have a healthy choice available to you at all times, it becomes that much easier to make it through tough situations.
Remember, it’s possible to indulge in some “not-so-healthy” festive treats without losing all control. Healthy living is all about balance and moderation – and Christmas is about celebration!
About Dr. Hylan
Dr. Brad Hylan has a remarkable zest for life, and is the first to admit that he loves a good adventure and is always willing to try new things. As a dentist, his mission is to make a difference in his patient’s lives, their overall health and of course… their smiles!