1. TAKE YOUR TIME
That means don’t eat in a rush. You are much more likely to overeat and/or not enjoy your food if you eat in a hurry.
2. SIT DOWN AND ENJOY YOUR MEAL
Avoid eating on the go. If you can, take a break and sit at a table. Your environment is important. Not only will you be less likely to mindlessly overeat but you will be more likely to take pleasure in your meal and more focused when you go back to whatever you were doing before your meal. This is especially true at work! It may seem counterintuitive, but taking a break is likely to make you work better after.
3. REMOVE DISTRACTIONS
Eat mindfully. That means switching off the TV, putting down your phone and turn your attention to your meal.
4. ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT YOU ARE EATING
This is to avoid mindless eating are you hungry or just bored?
6. REMEMBER THAT THE PEOPLE, NOT THE FOOD, MAKE CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR/YOUR PARTY
It is who is sitting around the table, not how much you overindulge, that makes any event special.
7. PICK YOUR INDULGENCES AND ENJOY THEM
Have a bit of what you fancy but use portion control and choose your indulgences. e.g. ‘l am going to have two roast potatoes instead of six and enjoy a mince pie for pudding’
8. START WITH VEGETABLES
Fill yourself up with some high-volume foods. Vegetables are a good start (assuming they are not glazed in honey or goose fat).
9. STAY HYDRATED
Drink enough water. Having a glass of water with your meal won’t mean you definitely won’t overeat, but it will mean you are less likely to.
Not only do alcoholic drinks tend to have a lot of calories In, they also tend to lead to poor food choices and typical high-fat ‘hangover foods’.
DID YOU KNOW?
“Your environment is important. Not only will you be less likely to mindlessly overeat, but you will be more likely to take pleasure in your meal…”