12 Ways To Avoid Overindulging On Holiday Junk Food.

Via Nicole
on Dec 3, 2010
get elephant's newsletter

Holiday Eating Frenzies

We all will probably face tempting holiday goodies whether we celebrate the holidays or not. Here are some simple suggestions to those of you who will be faced with party food, work treats, buffets, holiday goodies and pressure from friends or family to eat less than healthy.

This time of year is especially tumultuous if you’ve decided to eat healthier. The essence of the holidays seems to be to indulge, indulge and indulge some more. Everyone’s doing it. It’s easy to procrastinate those healthy diet intentions and let our bellies rule ’til January.

I agonize over this time of year for several reasons, a big one being food-related. When you’re avoiding sweets, this time of year can pose quite a threat. It’s the worst feeling in the world to gain ten pounds due to holiday carelessness. It can take months to work off and it’s never worth it. I never can remember most of the food I’ve indulged in anyway.

Here are some tricks for navigating the inevitable edibles. Whether it’s sugary goodies or the delicious fattening stuff, I hope these pointers crawl into your memory and stay there for when you need them most.

  1. Fill up on healthy foods before going out. Seriously, fill up.
  2. Have coffee, tea, water or some other beverage in hand at all times. It will give you something to fiddle with if you get nervous at big events and it will help keep your belly happy.
  3. Keep a bag of healthy snacks with you at all times.
  4. Make space for keeping healthy snacks at work. This can especially curb the temptation to indulge in whatever is in the break room. Fill a jar with nuts or dried fruit instead of candy, for example.
  5. Tell yourself that you can have junk, but that you’ll avoid it.
  6. Hang out at a distance from the food table.
  7. Chew gum or suck on mints.
  8. Bring healthy foods to events. Scandalous amounts of treats are everywhere—that healthy food may be much appreciated.
  9. Give a favorite container of tea and honey to your host. It makes a wonderfully comforting beverage and soothes the aching sweet tooth.
  10. Exercise. People are less likely to indulge after they’ve worked out.
  11. Keep a food journal of what you’ve eaten and what you plan to eat.
  12. Check out Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink and The End of Overeating by David Kessler.

Here’s hoping for health and happiness during the holidaze!


About Nicole

Nicole has moved four times in the last 3 years and currently resides in Texas. She loves discussions, grape juice and advocating for human and animal rights. Formerly a massage therapist, she now writes full time including a science fiction novel for tweens, and a blog about being sugar-free since giving it up in 2008.


One Response to “12 Ways To Avoid Overindulging On Holiday Junk Food.”

  1. helene_rose says:

    Thanks for this Nicole! I gave up sugar about 5 days ago and my goal is to make it to Christmas Eve! I am not excluding fruit however, what is your view on this?
    I do like to carry tea with me so that I am not tempted to stop and pick one up along with a sugar loaded treat on the side. Great advice! 🙂