We all do it. Sometimes the amazing aroma and delicious flavour get the best of us. Especially if we’re a bit on the hungry (or hangry) side. This time of year is known as a “food holiday”. Gathering with friends and family often revolves around food which makes it way too easy to indulge. And it’s not just the abundance of delicious food but also the people, the decorations, and the ambiance.
Here are a few tips to prevent overeating:
1. Practice mindful eating. Take smaller bites, eat slowly, chew thoroughly, and savor every bite. Mindful eating helps prime the digestive system and also gives your body time to give “full” signals to your brain.
2. Drink plenty of water. You might actually be thirsty not hungry and by drinking a large glass of water at least 30 minutes before filling up your plate may reduce cravings and make you feel full. (Drinking too much water before a large meal can dilute your digestive enzymes creating gas and bloating).
3. Eat your veggies first. Vegetables are a great way to start any meal as they are full of fiber and water which help fill you up and make you feel fuller, leaving less room for rich, high sugar foods and overeating.