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The holidays are just around the corner, and this probably means some traveling, family time, and stuffing yourself more than you could stuff a turkey. If you’re the type of person who loves to indulge in your favourite things once in a while you can ignore this post. These tips are for girls who would prefer not to have that stomach-aching-full feeling after the meal.

Use a Smaller Plate

I know that seems simple, but seriously, if you have a smaller plate then you’re not going to eat as much, or at least you’re going to have to make more trips to the buffet counter, which can get tiresome after awhile.

Wear Fitted Clothes

Wearing loose clothing to hide bloating is setting yourself up to stuff. If you’re going planning on stuffing yourself you probably will. I wouldn’t wear your tightest dress either, just in case, but wearing clothing that is slightly body-conscience could help keep you in check.

Pace Yourself

We all enjoy the rich food of the holidays, but if you’re going to more than one big meal, it can be a good idea to pick and choose which foods to indulge in at each. Maybe skip the snack food and eat only the main dishes like mashed potatoes and stuffing. Then at the next party you can do more munching, and eat dessert.

Don’t Force Yourself

It’s easy to get caught up in the celebrations and force down a piece of your Grandmother’s apple pie, even though you’re already beyond full, just because it’s tradition. Try not to let your emotional connection with the holiday be mistaken for a connection with the food itself. Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you have to go nuts, especially if you’re not feeling it. If you hate cranberries you probably aren’t going to eat the sauce, but even if it’s something you just don’t care for, don’t feel obligated to eat it. For me, it’s turkey. It took me a while to realize I don’t have to eat it. In fact this year I didn’t even buy one. I know, how un-festive.

Change Your Perception

The holidays should be more than just a time to cook and eat. View it as a time to socialize with your loved ones, as well as share and create memories. The important thing isn’t how high of a mashed potato mountain you can pack away, but sharing time and stories with friends and family, and getting a chance to take a break from the busy hustle of school and work.

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Indulge in Your Favourites

I love pie and, like almost all the food my family cooks, there are leftovers. So, for the following week, you can savor that food all week long. (I actually hate leftovers, but not after Thanksgiving.) Rather than stuffing yourself full of food you only kind of like, save room for your favourites and indulge a little at a time.

Drink Up

Have a drink in your hand, even if it is just ice-cold water. Having a beverage will help you feel fuller more quickly, so you don’t over-eat, and water also helps you digest so you can avoid feeling bloated and tired after you eat.

In the End, It’s Up to You

The holidays are a good excuse to over-indulge if you so desire, so don’t feel pressured to restrict yourself, either. If you do want to stuff yourself, go for it. I most certainly am not going to stop you.

What Do You Think?

How are these tips? Do you tend to overeat during the holidays? Any other tips you’d like to add? Leave a comment and let us know!


  1. avatar Angela says:

    I usually use a smaller plate, because I tend to overeat and by the time the holidays are over, I’m 7pounds fatter.Thanks for all the wonderful tips and I hope, that this year we will all be nice and slim after the holidays.

  2. avatar annie says:

    Thank you Rin for your comment!

    I didn’t think of that…obviously.

  3. avatar Ashley says:

    These are all good ideas but I agree with Rin- carrying around water is better than drinking flavored, high calorie beverages. Why consume empty calories when you can spend them on pie?

  4. avatar Rin says:

    The only tip I disagree with is having a drink. Yes, it is fine if it is water, but anything else is dangerous. We do not realize how many calories we are taking in when we are drinking them. So carry around a glass of ice water. But sipping on soda, beer, wine, etc. all night is actually going to lead to a higher calorie intake.

  5. avatar Charlotte says:

    great post!!
    i don’t really know much about thanksgiving and all anyone has told me really is that it’s a lot of eating!!
    i’m going to my housemate’s family and i always get uncomfortable eating in front of other people so that might help!!

    Charlotte xxx

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