5 Tips for Not Overeating During the Holidays

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Between work parties, family gatherings and celebrations with friends, the holidays are filled with a lot food. It’s a great time to taste the unique flavors and treats of the season. However, this time of year also means it can be easy to overeat.

Check out these 5 tips to avoid overeating this season:

  1. Limit your alcohol intake.

Believe it or not, alcoholic beverages can cause you to feel bloated and full. In addition, alcohol can make it difficult to make healthy food choices and can irritate incontinence symptoms. If you chose to have a drink, be sure to have a water before and after each beverage to stay hydrated.

  1. Eat breakfast.

Many holiday parties take place in the afternoon or evening hours and there are steps you can take to avoid overeating much earlier in the day. Eat a hearty breakfast as it will help to jumpstart your metabolism, so you don’t feel starved by the time the gathering begins.

  1. Don’t feel required to eat everything.

It’s easy to want to consume every last bite of all the delicious foods on your plate. However, don’t feel obligated to finish it all. Leaving some on the plate is completely fine and will help you not feel stuffed.

  1. Try small portions.

Another way to avoid overeating is to try just a small bite or scoop of the food. This will allow you to sample more of the food choices and actually enjoy them!

  1. Take breaks.

There are likely many other guests at your holiday events, so stop to chat and mingle with them. If you hosting the holiday event, consider playing a fun icebreaker game to give people the chance to meet each other and socialize.

Overeating can not only make your stomach hurt, but it can also lead to increased stress on your pelvic area and can worsen incontinence symptoms. What strategies do you use to keep from overindulging in all the edible goodness this time of year?