1. Eat a healthy breakfast. It is proven that eating a nutritious breakfast can prevent overeating throughout the day.
2. Avoid eating too many munchies before dinner. Stay further than arm’s reach from snack foods to ensure that you will not be mindlessly eating. Carry a sugar-free mint or a piece of sugar-free gum to use when you do not want to eat anymore. This will cleanse the palate and prevent further cravings.
3. Focus on the healthy, more nutritious foods first. If your dinner has multiple courses, opt for the broth soup or salad. For dinner (main course), fill half of your dinner plate with vegetables, one quarter with protein, and one quarter with carbohydrates. Eat the vegetables first, then the protein, and then additional carbohydrates until full. This strategy ensures that the most nutritious foods are making you full.
4. Bring your own dish if you are not hosting dinner. Make it a healthy, guilt-free dish that you can gravitate towards when hungry, such as a vegetable tray or hummus dish.
5. Sit next to a health-conscious eater to reinforce nutritious choices. Another option would be sitting next to a slow eater. Try to keep your eating pace consistent with that person’s. This allows for the hypothalamus in the brain to trigger satiation.
Have a healthy, happy holiday season. Watching what you eat now will develop better habits in the New Year!