holiday eating depressionEvery year, the holiday season is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing in the sense that we get to bond with our families in get-together dinners or events. It’s a curse in the sense that we dread the feasts with the dieting. We don’t want to see other people eating those delicious foods while we drool in jealousy because they’re forbidden to us.This frustration that comes with withholding from eating during the Holiday season often leads to depression.

“Some people who are obsessed with food become gourmet chefs. Others become eating disorders.”  Marya Hornbacher

How can we enjoy the holiday season without feeling the effects of depression and deprivation of food? Here are our top 5 health tips.

Embrace the events

We know that attending special events while you’re on a diet can be a challenge. However, we want you to remember the true essence of these special occasions. It’s not always about food. It’s about spending quality time together with your family. Do you really want to ruin this special day just because you worry about foods?

We wouldn’t want that. Therefore, instead of worrying, try to spend most of your time together with your family. Chit-chat with them as you catch up. Before you know it, you’ll find doing more talking than eating the foods in the buffet.

Eat in moderation

moderation

One technique we certainly recommend is to get a small portion of each type of food on the table. In this way, you have the chance to taste every meal served. You won’t feel deprived because you didn’t get to eat that delicious cake or ice cream. Then when you decide which meals are satisfying enough for you to eat, that’s where you’ll return for seconds. Just remember though that you need to

Then, when you decide which meals are satisfying enough for you, that’s where you’ll return for seconds. Just remember that you need to eat in moderation. If you feel like you’re almost full, stop taking for a moment and let your stomach digest the food.

Prepare healthy foods whenever possible

If your family decides to celebrate the Holiday in your house, then you’re in luck. This means that you get to make the foods. You’re in control of the foods. This is the perfect time for you to cook foods that are healthy and nutritious. Not only do you get to maintain healthy eating habits this Holiday, but your family will also thank you for minding their health. Your family will also get healthy this Holiday season by eating your foods. Remember nothing beats healthy, nutritious, homemade foods made with tender love and care!

Carry a healthy salad with you

When you’re done eating the main course, it is most likely that you will binge-eat the appetizers and desserts served on the table. And because these cookies and cakes are small in portions, we often take portioned food for granted. We tend to nibble on these foods for a long time without caring how much we’ve eaten already. This often leads to overeating.

Instead of nibbling these craving foods, satisfy yourself with a healthy snack like veggie salad. Pack a salad with you and take it while you talk with your family and friends. This way, you won’t find yourself wandering in the kitchen regularly. Thus, you won’t be tempted to eat foods more than your body requires.

Exercise like it’s a typical day

Before the main event of the day or night, ensure you stay physically fit for the rest of the day. Just because it’s a Holiday season doesn’t exempt you from exercising or working out. In fact, this is the best time to workout! Exercise in the morning (preferably with HIIT) to ready your muscles to burn the foods you’ll be eating. The food you eat will feed your muscles as they break it down to build leaner and stronger muscles. This will result in you building a firmer and more muscular body.

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