Most people gain weight over the holidays. That’s because we give ourselves the permission to eat whatever we please. While indulging on holiday treats and meals is one of the best parts of the holiday season, it can also be hard on your digestive system.
Here are some tips to keep your digestive flow on track throughout the festivities or at any time of the year.
Chewing food slowly allows for better digestion and helps prevent overeating. Studies show that the more you chew your food, the less you eat.
Take time to enjoy the flavors of the food before you swallow. Put down the utensils after every bite and try to get 30 chews out of each bite. Try not to pick up the utensils until you have swallowed the food.
Use a small plate
If you are trying to restrict your intake, use a small plate. It’s hard to eat less when you’re using a big plate. Smaller plates will help you control your portion and trick you into believing that you have a lot on your plate.
Focus on socializing
The holiday season is not just about the food. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Take time to converse with people around you and catch up with relatives you haven’t seen in a while.
Eat healthy foods first
With the abundance of foods and treats in front of you, it can be difficult to resist them. If you must indulge in a holiday treat, be sure to fill your plate with healthy foods first. You are more likely to overeat and experience indigestion if you go straight to the sweet stuff.
Know your body
You might want to let your host know if you are gluten or lactose intolerant. Or better yet, offer to bring foods you can eat. If eating chocolates leave you with serious heartburn, learn to say no politely.