The obligatory Food Coma has become the symbol of the Thanksgiving holiday. We mainly blame it on Tryptophan, but usually the main culprit behind this food induced slumber is overeating. Throwing caution to the wind, we act as though we will never again have the opportunity to sample mashed potatoes with (extra) gravy. Our plates loaded, we practice the art of testing to see how many sides we can fit onto the plate. Topping it with a dinner roll and some cranberry sauce, we marvel at our creation before devouring it...and then we go back for more.
Can I be honest? There is nothing more uncomfortable to me then being too full. Ironically, I felt that way before we changed how we eat...but I did it anyway. After eating too much, I am dying to unbutton my pants, or change into my stretchy pants. How sexy is that? To want to get out of these clothes...because my stomach is too big! I prefer the feeling of being satisfied now. Not overflowing with food, but content. When you have a tasty meal in front of you, it is hard not to overindulge. To avoid it, here are some steps you can take.
Split the meal with someone
This always helps reduce the impact of the calories. It takes some adjustment to adapt to this idea. We're all used to having our own. If you want to have a nice meal but not the calories, this is an easy way to enjoy the taste but not sacrifice your goal.
Sometimes we act as though someone will steal our plate if we don't act fast and eat our food. Inhaling our meals can result in mindless eating. Savor each bite you take. Soon, you will find how much you enjoy the flavor instead of enjoying the act of eating.
Drink a glass of water prior to your meal
This will cause you to feel more full then just eating on an empty stomach. Combined with eating slowly, you will enjoy the meal, but stop earlier once you feel satisfied.
Ask yourself at the end of each day..."What steps have I taken today towards my goal?"
If we consistently remind ourselves of our goal and plan, that will help us not cheat or go overboard. Holding yourself accountable and being real with yourself is key. You can ask this question throughout the day too...especially when you feel the temptation to binge. It brings you back to reality.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, let's get focused on getting back to fitness and eating right! Tomorrow is a new day!