Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Being a Picky Eater Can be Good during the Holidays

As kids growing up, we're told by our parents to eat everything and clean the plate.

This advice was meant well with good intention, considering economic situations many, many years ago. Now, we're living in a world of abundance - abundant foods and excess calories that contribute to unhealthy weight gain.

So if you're having a family get-together over the holidays, think twice of the old advice. Before you sit down to chow, "survey" the foods to be served including drinks, appetiziers, entries, deserts, etc.

Instead of eating everything, choose a few (hopefully balanced out with good carb, vegetables, lean protein and essential fats) that you really like and enjoy them.

Leave some room (discretionary calories) for special dishes that you can only have during the holidays.

Practice mindful eating. Take time to chew and bite. Engage in meaningful conversations with friends and family. You'll be likely to feel full longer.

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