It can be so easy to overeat and eat when we are not hungry and put weight on during the holiday season.
I have found myself overeating and eating many unhealthy things I normally wouldn’t, but using the excuse that it’s Christmas, a party, or a celebration.
Yes, it might be all those things, but that is not a reason to start giving in to gluttony, habitual greed, or excessive eating. There are things you can do to make sure you control the food you eat, and food doesn’t control you.
1. Be excited and thankful for the food you get to eat.
Your attitude can make a big difference in how you approach food. Dread, conflict, stress, and negative emotions can lead to emotional eating. So choose to be thankful and have a positive attitude.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT) Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 15:13 (NLT) A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.
2. Cut your food in half.
Start with half of what you normally would. Don’t stack your food on top of other food. Tell yourself you can go back for seconds. You would be surprised at how much we overeat. Distractions, stress, and uncomfortable situations can cause us to eat without being aware of how much we are eating, so start with smaller portions. Then, allow yourself to go back for more if needed.
3. Take small bites.
Our taste buds like to taste. They really don’t care if it’s a small bite or a big bite. They like to taste different flavors for about 15-20 minutes. So if you take huge bites, your taste buds will want more, and you will end up overeating.
For example, if you eat one piece of pizza and take small bites, you could probably eat the pizza in about 10 bites. But if you pick up a piece of pizza and take a big bite, you will probably get about 3 big bites in your mouth. So it will take you up to 3-4 pieces of pizza to get in about the same amount of bites.
Take smaller bites, and you will feel full with less food, which means you are not putting on the pounds. Plus, your gut and stomach can handle smaller bites much easier than maneuvering big bites where the food is barely chewed and broken down.
4. Chew your food, taste, and enjoy it.
If you start to pay attention, you might realize that you are barely chewing your food before swallowing it. It is much easier on your stomach if food is broken down in your mouth than in your stomach. In addition, some stomach issues could improve just by chewing your food.
Enzymes are a great supplement to help your body break down food. I take enzymes with almost every meal, especially if it’s a heavy meal with lots of meat.
5. Don’t take your next bite until you are finished with the first bite.
Have you ever felt like you were just shoveling the food in your mouth? You are not aware of what you are eating or enjoying the taste. The fork gets to your mouth and then goes back for more as quickly as it can.
Slow down, breathe and enjoy the company and the food.
I believe that God wants us to enjoy life, which includes food. But when we are stressed and hurrying around, trying to get things done, we end up eating so fast so we can get to our “next thing.”
Use the holidays to start some new traditions. You can begin by enjoying the people you are around and not being consumed by the food. Breath, relax, and live in God’s peace that surpasses all understanding.
Psalm 136:25 (NIV) He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.
These are some good tips to help you get through the holiday season but are also good to use all year long. :)