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How to Outsmart Overeating

By Sara Butler

Most people associate overeating with the holidays, but it's not the only time of the year that is full of roadblocks to healthy eating. There are some basic principles you can follow every time you get together with a large group on a special occasion that can help prevent you from overeating. Here are a few tips to apply this holiday season and beyond!

Use a Napkin, Not a Plate

When you are at a cocktail party or somewhere where finger foods abound, you can stop yourself from going overboard on the apps by using a napkin instead of a plate. If you use only a napkin, then you'll east far less due to the fact you simply don't have room to load up.

Don't Give In to Peer Pressure

There are people in your life who mean well but are really nothing but food pushers. Grandmothers, mothers, and more always encourage you to try something or take a nibble. Instead of eating to make Nana happy, politely decline the nibble. Come up with a statement beforehand that clearly defines boundaries so you can make food choices on your own. A simple "No thank you" will suffice.

Tone Down the Alcohol

Social get-togethers often have alcohol available as a social lubricant of sorts, but alcohol is a great way to add a lot of empty calories to your day. Instead of having everyone ask you where your drink is, instead have a mocktail. Grab a champagne glass and fill it up with your favorite flavored seltzer or some water mixed with your favorite citrus fruit.

Have a Snack Beforehand

If you can choose smart snacks before you go to a party or social event, it will help you make better choices when you're there. Find the right combination of fiber and protein so you don't arrive famished. A clear head and a satisfied belly will assist you in sticking to your healthy habits instead of going overboard on the buffet.

Organize a Food-Free Activity

When you have get-togethers with family and friends, food is often the centerpiece. Instead, consider organizing a food-free activity to spend time together such as a hike or a flag football game. In the winter, you can ice skate or even have a Wii competition. Just get your body moving while you're having fun with the people in your life who are important to you.

If you can curb overeating, then you can ensure you're healthy no matter where you go!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wichita, Kans.

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