Updated: Jan 29, 2020
Hey guys! I know some of us will either travel to see family for the holiday season while others may stay home and/or even go to a friend's house nearby. Being that I live about 1200 miles from my family, I will miss everyone's great cooking this year unfortunately... especially my Grandma's cooking and baking! If you're going to visit with relatives and/or friends, I know how hard it is to not eat the entire dish of mac-n-cheese or that delightful looking pie that you think would be better off on your plate. Below are a few tips that I dare you to try when you're being tempted the most. I triple dog dare you to try!
1. Drink plenty of water
When I was a kid, my Mom use to suggest that we drink more water to get full faster. The crazy thing is that drinking lots of water will fill you up (Mom was right), and it does help flush the toxins out of your system too. Your body will mistake being thirsty for being hungry.
2. Eat Smaller portions
If you’ll be going to a decent sized family gathering or even going to a buffet style restaurant, I get it. Being that I come from a family where just about every family member including my wife can cook very well, sometimes you want to try everything. There’s a way to make things easier for you to avoid making a plate weighing several pounds. Decide what you want and just make sure you don’t overboard with loading your plate. The more dishes you decide to try, the smaller your portions will be on your plate.
3. Fruit pie vs. cheesecake or sweet potato pie
I know I’ll be stepping on some toes here. My Grandmother (Mom-Mom Vera) makes the best food in general, but her baking skills are untouchable! Lol. If you want to eat some type of pie or cheesecake, go for a pie with real fruit in it like an Apple Pie or even something just as good like a Pumpkin Pie. Anything like a cheesecake will taste great, but it’ll be loaded with calories and sugar. Once you find the right pie to go to town on, you’re better off getting a small slice and calling it a day.
4. If hosting a party, provide likeable but healthy food
If you’re going to host a holiday party, it’s not a bad idea to provide your guests with healthy snacks and appetizers. You can offer just about anything from salsa with fat-free chips and various fruits with smoothies to veggies with different dips.
5. Eat slower
The cool thing is when you eat slower, you tend to enjoy your food more believe it or not. With that in mind, you will most likely eat less as well. Eating slower gives you brain and stomach time to determine when you’re full. Try it! The next time you eat dinner, I challenge you to get you normal serving amount and take your time. I bet you’ll be full much faster.
6. 1-2-3 pouring of drinks vs. half full
Some really like egg nog (I love it). Some really like wine, and some really like to have something sweet to drink like Grandma’s Lemonade. It’s okay to drink all of those, if it’s not an everyday occurrence. Instead of pouring those drinks until the cup or glass is half-full, try the 1-2-3 pouring method. You’re just going to count to as you pour then stop on 3. If you’re concerned with how many calories you’ll take in, this approach will work great for you instead of carrying a measuring cup around.
7. Don't skip the fruits and veggies
If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain it, fruits and vegetables will be your best friend for that. Here’s a little tip: When you go to fill your plate, add your fruits and veggies first.
I hope this article helps you make the right decisions on what to eat. Have a great Thanksgiving and/or Christmas!