The holiday season is upon us once again, and you know what that means! Family time, no school, presents, and of course a seemingly endless buffet of delicious foods. Who isn’t completely psyched for peppermint bark, gingerbread men, and pumpkin-spiced everything? While these festive treats are only socially appropriate to have during this time of year, it’s still important to be mindful of what and how much you’re putting in your stomach. Here are some tips to help you have more holiday cheer and less holiday food guilt.
1. Opt for a smaller plate…and use it!
Studies have found that if you use a smaller plate for your meals, you're more likely to east less. This can be helpful in cutting portion size for meals as well as eating fewer snacks at parties. But the hard part is not going back for extra servings. When you’re at a holiday party, load up your plate at the snack or desert table, then take your time eating and try not to return to the table for more.
2. Stay hydrated
Drinking a glass of water before eating can help you feel fuller faster. Try having a glass or two before your Thanksgiving feast and see what a difference it makes! You don’t even have to compromise taste when you can drink this metabolism-boosting apple cinnamon H20!
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