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3 Tips for Holiday Eating

3 Tips for Holiday Eating

3 Simple Ways to Eat, Drink, Be Merry, and Healthy

When getting together with your loved ones for the holidays, there is an emphasis on seasonal foods and drinks. While snacking and enjoying grand meals can be a delicious tradition, it can lead to overeating, which can harm your health.

Keep these tips in mind to help you to enjoy your favorite festive foods while keeping your health in mind.

1. Wait Before Getting Seconds

When chowing down on your favorite festive foods, it can be tempting to eat quickly and go back for seconds immediately. However, this can lead to overeating and getting painfully full.

To prevent this, try to eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly. This helps prevent overeating because it allows your brain time to receive a number of digestive hormones secreted by the gastrointestinal tract. These hormones let your brain know that you're full.

2. Make Your Plate Colorful

Just like the rest of the year, during holiday dinners, it is essential that you try your best to fill your plate with as much color as possible to balance your meal. Although it can be tempting to indulge in plenty of breads, sweets, and meat—fruits and vegetables help to ensure you’re working in essential vitamins and nutrients.

3. Avoid Heading Out Hungry

Whether you’re heading out to the shops for holiday shopping or to spend time with loved ones, it is important to make sure you’re not leaving the house on an empty stomach. With plenty of sweets and holiday foods that are made available, it can be tempting to make poor food choices to satisfy your cravings.

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