Sure, we all have days where we go overboard with how much we…*ahem* celebrate. Luckily for us, nutrition Expert Amy Davis shares a few helpful tips to moderation in any situation. And I’m sure some of us hungry folks can agree: we need a little pacing in our lives.
Sharing is a great tactic to use at any restaurant.
Splitting several appetizers or entrees with a few people can really cut down the calories of the meal.
And you still get to enjoy plenty of great food!
2. EAT WHAT YOU WANT
When celebrating, eat what you really love!
Savor the taste, smell, and texture of whatever “bad” food
you’re eating, enjoy it, and hop right back on the healthy wagon.
If we don’t let ourselves have what we truly want, we end up reaching for more food to fill the void.
Oh and most importantly, treat yourself!
3. ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE
Remember, when celebrating, it’s about being with the people you love!
Focus on them, laugh, and have a good time.
It doesn’t always have to be about stuffing yourself with food until you feel sick.
4. EAT SLOWLY
Eat slowly and allow your body to properly digest and absorb the food you’re putting into it.
We need to give our stomach a chance to tell our brain, “Hey, I’m full!”
We don’t want to regret those excessive last bites and orders of dessert!
5. DRINK WATER
Drinking water to help with digestion.
And it also helps prevent overeating!
Pro tip: be sure to order a glass of water and drink it up before taking that first bite.
6. STOP WHEN YOU’RE FULL
Pretty self explanatory.
The real challenge is recognizing your satisfaction with so much delicious food at your fingertips. The bottom line is being aware of how full you are, and taking that as a cue to enjoy everything else around you!
Amy Davis, RD, LDN is a New Orleans-based Registered Dietitian and food lover keeping it balanced in the Big Easy. She’s currently a nutritionist at SWEGS Kitchen, a health food restaurant concept designing and making nutritious, grab-and-go comfort meals.