Here are some tips for eating healthy and sticking to your diet this holiday season:
Eat slowly and ENJOY the food. This will help you feel full before you have overeaten. Try putting your fork down between each bite and chew at least 10 times for every mouthful.
You control the buffet. Use a small plate and fill half with fruits and vegetables, one quarter with protein (chicken, turkey, or fish, shellfish, eggs, and tofu) and the other quarter with high-fiber starches (peas, beans, sweet potatoes, and brown rice). Only allow yourself one layer of food. Avoid high-calorie sauces and dips. Try making your own low-calorie versions and bring them with you as a contribution to the party.
Try not to think of all the food. Chatting at a dinner party or helping out with the dishes is a surefire way to keep your hands away from second helpings and food buffets.
Watch those sweets. Choose a small portion of the dessert that is most appealing to you, make it last for five minutes if you can, and enjoy every bite! Or, bring your own low-calorie dessert.
Carry a piece of gum. Carry a piece of sugarless gum or a sugarless mint with you and pop it in your mouth to entertain your taste buds so that you can avoid overreating.
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