On a more positive note, I read an article this summer that helped give me a better outlook on how much we eat. Whenever the author was in front of something she really liked, like brownies, she always (as I do because I am normal) wanted to eat as much as she could. Then one day she realized it wasn't the last brownie she was ever going to eat (or cookie or chip or slice of pie or beer or...). That thought made it much easier for her to eat one brownie rather than four (or eight, whatever). Her thought made so much sense!
I don't have a lot of willpower. But from that perspective, it has been a lot easier to have a small portion of whatever it is that is being served. Studies are starting to show that you can actually train yourself to have willpower by making small daily choices in the right direction. No better time to put that into practice than this week. We are about to enter into a world of temptation!
I really believe in moderation. No, fudge isn't good for you. But oh man, it sure is good. And stuffing? It's not a holiday without it. So don't deny yourself the pleasure of good food, just remember it's probably not the last time you're going to eat it. What other tricks can you try to limit the high calorie intake?
- drink a lot of water. At least one glass between other beverages, and one full glass before you start snacking.
- don't be afraid to load up on raw vegetables at the appetizer table. (but watch the dip)
- take a walk during halftime (or during the game if you are as bored by it as I can be)
- grab a seat as far from the snacks as possible
And if all else fails, just get in a good workout (speed shopping, anyone?) on Friday.
Got any tips or tricks up your sleeve? Share them!