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Thanksgiving, Christmas, holiday eating, healthy eating, portion control

Winter is synonymous with eating. From Halloween to New Years Day (or in my case end of January to accommodate Ukrainian holidays,) it seems like absolutely everything revolves around food. It’s a nightmare for anyone trying to lose weight, maintain weight, or avoid falling into a food coma.

Plus it’s colder out, so a small part of you doesn’t mind hiding a few extra lumps under those cute baggy cable knit sweaters, leggings, and boots. The same cannot be said for the summer, when every body flaw is on display to the world.

I have an insatiable appetite. Pot roasts, creamy soups, buttery mashed potatoes – does your mouth not water just thinking of all of the delicious winter treats? I look like one of Pavlov’s dogs right now. Yes I run a lot, but that doesn’t give me the green light to stuff myself with everything in sight. Food is my body’s fuel, and I need to make sure that I keep an eye on my nutrition and weight to run comfortably.

Here are some of my tips on surviving holiday eating:

  • Plan ahead If I know that I’ll be going to a party with lots of good food, then I’ll work out in the morning and eat a light lunch. I feel less guilty diving headfirst into a cheeseball if I did not eat half a pizza at lunch (I don’t joke – that is my typical serving size.)
  • The first bite always tastes the best You’ve done it before, bit into your food and “mmmm”-ed inappropriately. A dozen brownies later, does it still taste the same? Do you still moan each time you bring your fork to your mouth? No. Take small amounts of everything to keep your palate interested. That way every bite you take of a different food will taste as good as the first, because it will be.
  • Decide what you like best Say you’re a picky eater and don’t want to sample everything. You’re an adult, you know what your favorite foods are. Plus your taste buds are pretty refined, so you will know immediately whether or not you like a particular dish. How long does it take you to distinguish between a stale cookie and a delicious one? 3 seconds? The moment where you go “bleh” should be the trigger to put the food down and step away.

My biggest piece of advice though is to not deny yourself. You will feel much better at the end of the day if you ate something you loved in moderation than if you skip it and binge on something not as tasty. Christmas comes but once a year, so enjoy it!

NOTE: I am not a dietician or nutritionist. I’m simply sharing what works for me!