I just wanted to share some things that I plan to think about when it comes to these holiday feasts. I hope everyone can come here and post any words of wisdom.
It's good to be aware that statistically, we eat 40% more when we're with other people. Have you ever noticed how you're done eating and you see others still eating, so you go for seconds, or maybe even thirds?
Keep that in mind and take the time to really chew your food until it's completely squished in your mouth.
Try to use a small salad plate for your entire meal. It is possible to trick your brain into feeling like you've had a lot more when really, it's just a smaller plate.
I will drink a lot of water before the meal. I will be picky on my splurges. I will fill up on salad (no dressing) and lean turkey meat and only sample the most appealing calorie laden foods. So, basically, I might just pick my favorite. If I must have the stuffing, then I probably will skip the pie, etc. I won't have cranberry sauce, for example or the potatoes (sweet or mashed) since I really don't think those will be calling my name. However, I think the stuffing is something I might just want to have. The cranberry sauce usually has incredibly high amounts of sugar since cranberries are very tart.
Finally, I will tackle this one holiday at a time. It would be nice, at the end of the season, to look back with pride and know that not only didn't I gain weight, but I actually lost some!
Oh, and I will definitely have gum after the meal...when I know I should stop but might be tempted to continue.
So what are your words of wisdom?