Overeating is something that’s really been plaguing me recently.
It’s my latest addiction in a cycle of addictions of my life, and it’s causing a lot of problems. Besides the weight gain, I don’t like how I’m not in control of my own body and my own self. I’m at the mercy of the food I have in my house and that’s not a good thing.
If you’re like me and tend to over eat when you have the chance to, the holidays aren’t a good time for you. Holidays are a time for friends, family, and food. Everyone’s three favorite “F”s.
But when food is such a pain for you, how do you prevent overeating during the holidays?
How to Prevent Overeating During the Holidays
Everyone has a tendency to over eat during the holidays. There’s so much yummy food that’s only made this time of year: Christmas cookies, various pies, the Christmas meal itself…
How can you indulge in all the holiday goodies without eating yourself to the point of crying in bed later on from the guilt?
Keep a Mental Note of Your Hunger
This is something I’m really bad at now. Previously I was able to power through hunger pains but now, I always feel like I’m hungry.
But a lot of those hunger pains are false hunger pains. They’re your mind playing tricks on you. You’re not actually hungry. You’re usually just thirsty, or bored, or want to mindlessly chop on something.
I know, I do this on a daily basis right now.
So you check in with yourself. Really check in with yourself.
See if you want to eat that appetizer because you’re hungry or because everyone else is filling their plate with goodies.
Keep Track of What You’re Eating
This can be as strict or loose as you want. You can literally keep a small notebook with you and write down every little thing you eat, or you can mentally keep track of what you’ve eaten.
Overeating happens when we start forgetting or disregarding what we’ve previously eaten and just start eating more and more.
Keeping track of what you’ve been eating during the night can be a great benefit. You don’t have to be counting calories to just keep track of what you’ve put in your mouth, though counting calories is very helpful.
Don’t Get Frustrated
Sometimes we get caught up in the moment and the next thing you know you’ve eaten a plate of cookies already, or you’ve added more mashed potatoes to your plate than you thought.
When you have that realization that you’ve already overeaten for the night, the feelings of guilt can start showing their heads. You might even have thoughts of purging because you shouldn’t have eaten all that.
What you can do is watch what you eat for the rest of the night. Make sure you don’t over do it any more, and be proud of yourself for doing as well as you did.
Don’t Give Up
One thing a lot of us do when we have that realization that we’ve overeaten is that we decide “Fuck it!” and just dig in more.
DO NOT DO THAT!
No matter how hard it is to keep yourself together, do NOT give in to the want. Don’t start shoving grandma’s Christmas pie into your mouth like there’s not tomorrow.
All that’s going to do is make you feel more guilty than you already are, reset any progress you’ve made, and make you feel bad.
What you can do is indulge in a cookie or two and then decide that’s it. No more. The End.
Overeating during the holidays is something that’s preventable. You can do it! You can make it through the few days of family gatherings and end up on the other side without the guilt and bad feelings that come along with it.
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