Thursday, September 25, 2008

Tips to avoid overeating

Why Bother This Time of Year?

Because my husband sat nearby while I happened to be working on this blog post, I mentioned the subject to him.

He hadn’t laughed like that in a long time!

“What is it with women? Why would anyone want to put that kind of pressure on themselves during the holidays? That’s why it’s the holidays. [Well, not really WHY, but you know what he means.] Start your diet on January 2nd, but don’t try to limit what you eat when all the goodies are just sitting there staring you in the face.”

Though his logic won me over, I still feel compelled to offer a couple of my favorite tips. If you ascribe to the Bret Wilson Philosophy of Eat, Drink and Be Merry because It’s Christmas, then stop reading now; however, if you’d like an idea or two to keep the January weight-loss challenge to a minimum, then read on:
· Use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate. You simply won’t be able to pack as much on it.
· Down with food! Sit down, that is, to eat. And slow down, chewing carefully and drinking a beverage in between bites.
· Don’t feel obligated to take food in pre-cut portions. Consider a piece of cake or pie. Cut off a tinier portion—half or less of what is already cut. That will leave an additional smaller portion for the next portion-conscious person coming along.
· Finally—gather in close because I don’t want to have to shout. If you taste something you don’t absolutely love, THROW IT AWAY! Your body is not a garbage disposal! Ignore your mother’s voice in your brain about the kids starving in other parts of the world. Your unwanted piece of cake isn’t going to help them anyway, but it will add extra pounds to your frame if you eat and don’t really want it. I repeat, THROW IT AWAY! There, you’re off the hook.

Now, excuse me, I need to go the buffet for seconds . . .

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Eileen Astels Watson said...

Oh, I love the garbage disposal tip!! It's so true. Out of politeness we always want to clean our plates. But much better to slip that unwanted item into the accessable garbage bin when no one is looking, than to take in those doubly-unwanted calories.

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Kelly said...

I love the 'salad plate' instead of dinner plate idea!
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jceko77 said...

Even though the holidays do get a bit crazy, I wouldn't have it any other way due to the amount of satisfaction I get.

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Mocha with Linda said...

Popped over from 2nd Cup of Coffee. Loved this entry! And yes, I have gotten very picky about what desserts I eat. If it's not worth the calories, I don't eat it!

(Unfortunately way too many things at Christmas are tasty and "worth it"!)

Dena @ Green Acres said...

I am new to your blog (thanks to Linda at 2nd cup)and I love your tips! My mother was huge on us being part of the 'clean plate club'. But I do love the idea that just because I took it, doesn't mean I have to eat all of it. Thanks!

Also, may I please be entered in your giveaway contest. Thank you. :)

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