The Eating Season

EatingThanksgiving meal is over, and now it’s time for holiday sweets and treats.  I jokingly refer to the Holiday Season as the Eating Season. The holidays are a time for  eating something delicious and indulgent in a party setting. With all the wonderful rich and delicious foods, it’s hard to not to over eat.


Five Tips For Eating Without Overeating.

Moderation:  We all heard the saying to enjoy everything in moderation, and that is definitely true when it comes to holiday foods. Don’t try to deprive yourself during the holidays, doing so may cause binging.  Having an extra holiday treat here and there won’t harm you too much. You’re allowed to indulge a bit, just keep portions small when it comes to holiday desserts and limit how often you eat them.  Downsize your plate to trick your brain into thinking you are eating more.  Use an appetizer or salad plate instead of a dinner plate.

Choose Wisely:  Choose your first buffet picks wisely.  Picking protein-packed foods are a great way to fill up without adding a lot of sugar and empty carbohydrates. Pack your plate with low-fat meats like turkey and chicken. Pick veggies and hummus over chips and creamy dips.

Pour Wisely:  The holidays are a time for celebration, which most likely means more alcohol. Not only does alcohol add on empty calories, but can also lead you to eating more while drinking. If you are at a gathering, limit yourself to one or two drinks to cut down on the unhealthy cravings you might be feeling afterward.  When pouring yourself a glass of wine, count 1-2-3 to get an estimated 5 ounces serving.  A half-filled glass of wine can be as much as 10 ounces!

Water, water, water:  Don’t forget about water! The holidays are an easy time to drink more sugary beverages than normal. Substitute drinks for water, and drink a lot of water. Not only is water essential for your health, but drinking a glass before a meal can fill you up more as well, preventing you from overeating.

Small Bites, Small Sips:  Eating too fast is one of the easiest ways to overeat. When you don’t give your body the chance to digest food and feel full before you stop eating, chances are you’re going to end up eating more than you want.  Take small bites and small sips to trick your brain into eating less.

If you overindulge and feel overly full, here’s a few stretches to aid and relieve indigestion.

  • Raise your arms above your head while breathing in and stretch backwards as much as you can without hurting yourself.
  • Count till 3 and come back to the original position while exhaling slowly.
  • Inhale and bend forward in the rag doll position while exhaling.
  • Count till 3 and come back to the starting position while inhaling.
  • Bring your arms above your head and lean your body to the right side while exhaling
  • Come back to the starting position while inhaling
  • Now lean your body to the left side while exhaling
  • Come back to the starting position while inhaling
  • Repeat this whole stretching workout 3 times to open all the digestive channels.

Enjoy the holidays and the delicious food that comes with it, don’t be afraid to indulge a little. If you find yourself with acute case of indigestion, Acupuncture can resolve the indigestion quickly with one or two treatments.

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