With all of the awesome, delicious meal that everyone cooks up during the holidays, how do you make sure that temptation doesn’t get the best of you?
You’re likely going to be surrounded by heavy meals such as turkey and ham dinners, pies, cakes, sweetened beverages, and other foods that are loaded with sodium and sugar. If you’ve been doing your best to manage your weight all year, or even if you recently started to pay attention to what you put into your body, there is no reason to be afraid of being super tempted by these delightful foods.
If you’ve been sticking to your plan with Automatic Body, then you’re going to be in good hands. You can still enjoy your favorite holiday meals, but you’ll have to make sure that you don’t go overboard. You don’t want to eat too much in a short period of time because not only will you not get a chance to feel full, but you might add seconds to your plate and over eat. Give yourself 20 minutes before you decide that you are full. You’re supposed to give your body the chance to assess how much food you’ve eaten before you get the sensation of feeling satisfied. Pace out what you eat with that first serving and you’re going to notice that you become more connected with the flavors and the amounts that you consume.
Another important thing you want to do is not be distracted by your cell phone or your television to the point that you’re not paying attention to what you’ve just eaten. Conversation during dinner is fine, of course, because you’re connecting with your loved ones, but when you zone out during a meal, you don’t focus on your food enough to feel that you’ve actually eaten it. It’s like sitting in the dentist’s chair and trying to think of something else to distract you from what is happening, except that eating a good meal isn’t something to ignore.
If you’re in training and trying to build muscle, you might assume that over eating will help you during the process of bulking up. You still want to eat healthy while you up your protein intake, so don’t mistake eating super fatty foods in excess with bulking up. You want to feel good during your workouts and you want to take good care of your heart as well.
No matter what your process for eating well during this season, enjoy every plate!