How to eat during Christmas so as not to overeat and not gain weight?
We associate the Christmas period with meetings with loved ones, a warm, family atmosphere and, of course, good, Christmas food. And it is the latter that, instead of rejoicing, in some people causes fear and anxiety, and even spoils the holiday mood. Many people who are on a reducing diet or simply try to eat healthy food start to wonder what it will be like. How to eat on holidays? Should you give up traditional and homemade dishes while preparing their healthier versions? What to do at grandma’s Christmas Eve dinner, and what at my aunt’s for dinner? Refuse a piece of cheesecake and stick to your dietary assumptions? Do you let go of your belt and enjoy the moment?
From the nutritional point of view, Christmas is a difficult time. Many different kinds of dishes, cakes, desserts and other sweets are prepared at home. Often times, there is simply too much to eat at this time, and it is also high in calories and difficult to digest. And what to do to keep the wolf full and the sheep whole? That our taste buds and tummy would be satisfied, but at the same time that we would not overeat? Today I have prepared a few tips for you on how to eat so as not to gain weight and avoid stomach aches during the holidays.
Eat breakfast on the day of Christmas Eve dinner
Do not sit down with an empty belly until Christmas Eve dinner. For breakfast, eat something healthy and nutritious, such as scrambled eggs. Do not starve yourself during the day. Eat easily. Otherwise, at dinner you will be ‘hungry as a wolf’, throw yourself into food, and eat more than you need and need. Plus, you’ll be spoiled for the night alone, you’ll feel sluggish and sleep poorly at night. During sleep, the digestive system works at a slow speed and the stomach also needs to rest.
Choose Christmas treats
Eat those foods that are typically festive and that you don’t eat every day. Don’t get clogged with bread, pasta and potatoes. These are not the times of the People’s Republic of Poland, when many products were only available for Christmas. Now the shelves are full of goods and we eat most of them more often, so it’s worth choosing Christmas dishes. In addition, it is better to try many dishes in a small amount.
Don’t forget about vegetables
Many people forget about vegetables during the holidays. We eat large amounts of meat, cakes, sweets, and we do not remember about vegetables. And it is worth adding a mountain of vegetables to the festive cutlet. Only vegetables, not mayonnaise with vegetables. Thanks to vegetables and the fiber they contain, our intestines will work better, we will be more saturated and we will reduce the risk of overeating ourselves with other foods.
Prepare healthier and “lean” replacements
It is known that traditional dishes, the taste of which we remember from childhood, taste the best and we eat them most often during holidays. However, it is also worth preparing healthier substitutes for some dishes or other dishes that we eat and are just as tasty. Instead of mayonnaise in your vegetable salad, you can use yogurt or make half and half mayonnaise with yogurt. Instead of frying the fish in breadcrumbs, you can bake them in herbs in the oven. I am not saying that you have to replace all the dishes with healthier equivalents, but it is worth making at least one healthier dish that you can eat safely without feeling guilty. Prepare some healthy baking, no margarine or sugar. Show that healthy food is tasty too, and sometimes even better.
Enjoy your food
Savor prepared dishes and taste. Eat slowly, take your time and do not overfeed. In addition, the second or fifth piece of cheesecake tastes the same as the first. Holidays, including the Christmas Eve supper, last practically 3 days. We have a lot of time to try everything. You don’t have to eat everything in stock and try every dish in one day. Our stomach and intestines also need rest. Your body and organism are not a garbage can or a bottomless vessel. It is not worth throwing everything you can into it.
Learn to say no
If you really don’t want to eat something, you don’t feel like eating a specific dish or cake, then politely decline. Do not force yourself to eat, do not force or force yourself to eat. Likewise, don’t get persuaded to do more. The second portion of the vegetable salad tastes the same as the first. Later, your aunt, who persuaded you to eat the cake, will not suffer from stomach pains for you. Be assertive, but also don’t force anyone to agree with you about your views on food. Holidays and lecturing guests who should eat is not the best time. Let everyone live their lives and in harmony with themselves.
Don’t go from extremes to extremes
Don’t overdo it on either side. Just like overeating, starving yourself is not okay. The key is moderation. Starving yourself and denying yourself everything will either end up feeling irritated and unwell (and that’s not the point of the holidays) or a bout of gluttony, in which you will eat three times as much. Allow yourself some sweetness, but remember to be careful.
Put on water
Choose water for drinking. Set aside any sweetened compotes, drinks and juices.