When I go to a party and see many of the foods I like I serve myself smaller servings than usual. Then if I want to I can go back and get another smaller than usual serving. This tricks me into thinking I had two servings but since they were small I actually had the equivalent of one usual serving. This works for me and may work for you as well.
I also think about how uncomfortable I will feel if I overeat and then I will suffer with possibly heartburn, gas, bloating. If it’s in the evening it will interfere with my sleep and I might wake up in the middle of the night with acid reflux and gag and possiblly vomit. That’s not a good feeling and if I think about that it’s usually enough to stop me from overeating and overdrinking.
Set a time limit for how late you will eat. If I’m going to an evening party, I want to eat soon and not wait until it gets late. It can get tricky because maybe the food is not ready or no one is eating yet. I might be the one who says something like ” I’m starving. I haven’t eaten all day. Do you mind if I get a little something to eat?” Most hosts will be gracious and say “of course” and what happens next is other people will follow. They were just too embarrased to be the first ones to start eating.
You may have some other “trick” that works for you and the important thing is to stick with it.
Wanting to make a positive change is always a challenge. Following through is even a bigger one.
If you have not made the progress you are looking for, take a serious look at the following reasons:
1) You are not making the right food choices. It’s difficult and I make exceptions to taste many foods I don’t usually eat during the holidays. Who can resist tamales, eggnog, pecan or pumpkin pies? Again the key for me is small portions and taste the many foods I love but don’t eat often. By the way there is a Bakery on Piedras that sells “cocktail” tamales which are excellent and are mini versions of the regular tamales. I love to eat these because they don’t have all the masa that the regular tamales have.
For more information about making good food choices check out the article Everyone Wants You To Be Fat www.smallstepstohealth.com/2008/08/everyone-wants-you-to-be-fat/
2) You are not incorporating exercise or you may need to increase the intensity of your exercise. Maybe you need to walk for 40 minutes instead of only 20. There ia an enormous amount of information on the web on how to incorporate exercise into your life. No matter your age, health or how busy you are and think you don’t have the time to exercise there is always a way.
3) You have not identified the core reasons for self sabotaging your efforts. There may be something you are not consciously aware of that is keeping you a “victim”. This is an area that could be further explored. Emotions such as anger, depression, happiness, celebrating, getting together with family and friends are reasons why many people overeat. Also there may be other reasons like past failures to lose weight that may make you think “why even try if I always fail”. Do you look in the mirror and see only your faults, flabby arms, “love handle”, double chin etc? Focus on the positive assets you have. Your beautiful eyes, hair, smile, personality or other assets you DO have.
4.) You may have a medical condition such as a slow functioning thyroid gland. Please check out the free online thyroid test at www.1-thyroid.com . Don’t let the name of the website fool you. Both men and women have a thyroid gland that can malfunction. If you do have a slow thyroid, Standard Process (www.StandardProcess.com) has excellent whole food nutritional supplements to get the thyroid gland back to normal. It is a much safer approach than the traditional prescription drugs of synthroid or some other synthetic hormone. Your Chiropractor can order these natural products for you.
Remember it’s about Healthy Living for LIFE- Emotionally, Mentally, Spiritually, Physically and Nutritionally for life. It’s about how to enjoy the holidays guilt free and NOT gain weight. Happy Holidays, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!