Avoid Holiday Season Overeating

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A few tips to avoid overeating during the holidays are always helpful!

Though most everyone overeats at some point in time during the holidays, I came across some articles with practical tips to help one have less weight gain and discomfort.

Robin Miller of Food Network wrote a brief article for the December issue of Consumer Reports on Health. Her tips to avoid overeating during the holidays are:

1. Do not skip meals in anticipation of overeating at a big dinner.

2. Have a few snacks during the day such as fruits and vegetables (The high water content helps you feel full.) or a broth-based soup.

3. Choose less high carb snacks at the party, such as eating nuts instead of chips or pretzels.

4. Stay hydrated. The more you drink, the less food you will eat. This does not include alcohol, though, as alcoholic beverages are high calories devoid of nutrient benefits.

5. Choosing a smaller plate will help you stop when the plate is full.

6. Fill your plate with more vegetables while having very small portions of high fat foods such as mashed potatoes and gravy.

7. Take smaller bites; focus on enjoying the flavors more than the volume.

8. If you are the one cooking, use reduced fat foods:

  • low fat cheese, low fat mayonnaise, low fat milk, low fat sour cream.
  • fat-free whipped topping
  • reduced sodium fat-free broths
  • replace butter with olive oil when possible
  • use turkey or chicken sausage in sausage-based stuffing
  • provide a fruit, cheese, and nut platter in place of a dessert

9. Take a walk after the meal or add an extra 10 minutes to your walk the next day.

Digestive enzymes are always helpful if you do overeat to assist your body in breaking down the food.

Combination products are best as you can get a product with enzymes that digest proteins, starches, fat, and lactose. These suggestions are by Dr. David J. Foreman, Herbal Pharmacist, who writes a monthly newsletter for the Vitamin Shoppe chain of stores. You can find more of Dr. Foreman’s articles at www.VitaminShoppe.com .

Multi Enzyme (Brand – Vitamin Shoppe)

Digest Gold (Brand – Enzymedica)

Advanced Digestive Formula (Brand – Vitamin Shoppe’s M.D. Select)

Digest More (Brand – Renew Life)

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One Response to “Avoid Holiday Season Overeating”

  1. Paul Blake ND Says:

    Great ideas to improve digestion and your health.


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