The Eating Season Has Begun!
Here comes the joy of holiday treats, and with it the fear of gaining weight. You might have heard the average person gains five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. Now here’s the good news. Research shows the average gain is only a little less than a pound. Unfortunately, most holiday weight gain sticks around, adding up year after year.
Better news. With some simple planning, you can enjoy those wonderful holiday parties, and still wear your favorite jeans come January 1st.
1. When you’re getting ready for a party, think P.O.T.S.
2. Prepare - don’t go to a party hungry. Start with a healthy breakfast, and don’t skip meals. If you’re feeling ravenous, you’ll have no control.
3. Observe - take time to look over the holiday table. Pick your three favorites and take a small portion, about the size of your palm. Fill the rest of your plate with veggies and lighter fare. Then step away from the buffet table.
4. Taste and Savor - slow down, and pay attention to the textures, and flavors of each bite. Chew thoroughly. It takes about 20 minutes for our bodies to signal we’re full, and you’ll be surprised at how much more satisfying and filling your choices will be.
5. When given food as gifts, spread the wealth – bring the gifts to a party, the office, or give them away. This is a time when re-gifting can be a good thing.
6. Have fun – remember, the best part of the season is spending time with others. Enjoy the conversation, and focus on interests and activities other than food.
7. Picture yourself a success!
Kim Kulp, RD