12 tips of a dietitian: how to prevent overeating during the New-Year eve dinner (and all the other festive meals of the year)

By December 29, 2015Blog
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Festive days are usually associated with plenty of foods. In my home-country the New Year eve meal is probably the most abundant meal of the year. There is so much food on the table, and most of it is only prepared like once a year, this every eve, so naturally you wan ‘a have it all. Experience shows, however, that the following days are overshadowed by not feeling exactly fit and well, by extra kilos and feeling of guilt. Sounds familiar? Then my 12 tips on how to prevent overeating are for you. Hope you will use at least some of them!

  1. Do not starve yourself during the day

Do not starve yourself during the day in anticipation of a festive meal. It is a bad strategy. Have a nutrient-rich, satisfying breakfast / lunch in order not to feel excessively hungry by the evening. And by the way, if you plan to drink alcohol, it is not wise to do it on an empty stomach anyway: the consequences will be (even more) disastrous.

  1. Drink before and during the festive meal carbonated water

Gases fill the stomach and supress your appetite.

  1. Make sure there are raw veggies on your table

Cut the fresh vegetables, such as carrots, cucumber, pepper, celery stalks in attractive pieces. Snack on them. Raw vegetables create a feeling of satiety.

  1. Do not be afraid to experiment

Try new, healthy recipes. In this time of information overload in a split of a second you can find millions of light, healthy and at the same time festive recipes for every taste and budget.

  1. Use small plates

The same amount of food on the plates of different diameters looks quite differently. On a large plate portions seem small, and vice versa.

  1. Be careful with alcohol

I know that for many this recommendation is not easy to keep up with. Just keep in mind that alcohol is very high in calories. For example, one bottle of wine contains about 700 calories. This is comparable to the amount of energy in a hearty meal. One small gin-&-tonic or vodka-cola contains about 120 calories. 25 millilitres of whiskey contains 60 calories.

  1. Limit yourself to one portion

Take everything that you want but limit yourself to one portion. Sometimes we don’t even notice how our hand reaches for food. This is especially true when you hold a glass of wine in your hand. Stay mindful and enjoy every bite of the food that you eat!

  1. Dessert

If you absolutely want the dessert, limit yourself to a small portion. Eat it mindful, slowly and with pleasure.

  1. Wear tightly fitting outfit

It might sound mean but it does work… The outfit which inevitably makes a rounded belly visible can easily help you to be more disciplined during the festive dinner!

  1. Focus on your mates, not on the foods

Holiday is above all, not a feast, but close contact with family and friends. Do not forget this! The memories of moments of emotional intimacy will make you feel happy for a long time. The excess fat around the waist and hips – unlikely!

  1. Move

In the days before and after the feast do not stay on the couch but be active instead. This will help you to spend extra calories and quickly recover from overeating and excess alcohol.

  1. The next day

If you feel that you’ve been not exactly very good, try to compensate the next day. Do not skip meals, but make veggies the main ingredients of your meals. Eat light, exercise, drink plenty of water and do not be too hard on yourself!

Author Lera Krasovskaya

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