If there is one thing that is certain it’s that there is always another celebration on the horizon, am I right?! Halloween, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s day, birthdays, anniversaries.. Need I go on? Instead of fearing them because we’re worried about the food we should be excited for them. And with these 5 eating tips for holidays and celebrations you will be!

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Eating Tips To Enjoy Holidays & Celebrations

#1. Eat Beforehand

It can be tempting to “cut back” on food before events where there will be food, especially when there will be a lot of it or if that food is what people would see as “unhealthy”. However, I strong urge you not to do this girlfriend! This will only set you up to overeat when you get to the actual celebration, causing you to feel less than fab.

#2. Survey The Food

When you get to the event/celebration give the food scene a survey. Decide what food looks best to you and fill your plate with that. Sometimes we can get so overwhelmed when we just go down the line and the next thing we know we need eight arms to carry our food! Then, we feel like we have to eat it all. Remember, you can always go back for more!

#3. Eat Mindfully

It’s easy to get super excited, start chit-chatting, and eat on autopilot. The next thing you know you look down at your plate and are like “Where’d all the cheese ball go?!” Instead, allow yourself to eat mindfully and truly experience your food. What does it looks like? Smell like? Taste like? Does the fourth bite taste as amazing as the first? This will help you pay closer attention to your hunger and fullness.

#4. Use The Hunger Scale

There is a tool that I use in my own life and that I teach my clients how to use to help them prevent over and under eating: the hunger scale. This is a guide to help you avoid feeling food coma-ed and also to prevent hanger (which leads to more over eating!) Snag a copy of my hunger scale in my free e-book, The Ultimate 5 Step Guide To Food Freedom and use it at your next par-tay to leave feeling amazing!

#5. Don’t Dwell On Your Food Choices

If there is ONE tip you take from all of these and put into play, let it be this one: Move. On. No matter if you say “screw the hunger scale” and end up cutting back on food before hand causing you to over eat at the party be sure to move on from the experience. Don’t beat yourself up for feeling like you ate the entire cookie tray or twice as much mashed potatoes as cousin Katie. What will that do for you? Instead, resume your regular eating pattern and don’t try to restrict food. Remember that will leave you only more likely to over eat later!

5 tips for holiday eating

Put these 5 tips into play and you’ll surely enjoy the next party you go to! Leave a comment with what sort of celebration you’ve got coming up next and which tip you’re most excited to try!

XOXO

-Colleen

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