It’s that time of year again… the holiday season is back and you know what that means- food and lots of it!
Many Americans pack on weight during the holiday season because of huge plates of food. We get sensory overload with all of the choices, from turkey to pot roast, lamb, potatoes, veggies of all kinds, breads, desserts, and so much more. It’s enough food for a year, all eaten within about a month’s time. So, the big question is: How can we enjoy all of our favorite foods and treats without packing on the pounds?
The answer: Put it in a bowl. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s meals are frequently put on huge plates. Think about the meals you eat with family and friends during the holiday season. We eat until we have to unbutton our pants and our eyes are popping out of our head. If you want to control your portion size, put your food in a bowl (and not a gigantic soup bowl!). A standard cereal bowl will give you the right portion size. If you put your food in a cereal bowl, you can’t overeat and you won’t be in a food coma at the end of the day. The other benefit is that if you go house-hopping during the holidays, you will have room for more meals throughout the day instead of being so full that you need to force feed yourself or feel guilty for turning down food.
Portion control is so important during this time of year. The best way to enjoy all the food is to control your portion size. Putting your food in a bowl allows your body to process your meals normally and your metabolism will remain at a normal state. More importantly, you can eat more throughout the day and have room for your favorite dessert.
It’s also a good idea to work out in the morning, which will help to jump-start your metabolism and allow you to have a normal metabolic day. Normal eating for me is 4-5 small meals a day. So during the holidays, who wouldn’t want to have 4-5 small portions of your mom’s best dishes? Remember, if you’re hungry every 3 hours that is a good thing because your body is working optimally by burning off the calories.
I wish everyone a very happy holiday season and remember…Put It In A Bowl!!