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Strategies to Avoid Overeating

Strategies to Avoid Overeating

Strategies to Avoid Overeating

It’s the most,

fattening time,

of the year.

To state the obvious, the holidays present a serious challenge for those of us watching our weight. We may have lists of food and drink to avoid. We may tell ourselves we’ll exercise more after the New Year. Or, we may be a member of the group that throws its collective hands in the air and chooses not to worry about calories at all until the glitter settles. Whether you step up to the buffet with gusto or guilt, we can all benefit from a few strategies to avoid overeating.

The internet offers plenty of suggestions for keeping the feasting under control. Here are five tips that have the distinction of coming from professionals in the fields of medicine and nutrition.

Savor it

“Knowing you can eat more but you are choosing to listen to your body is much more powerful than saying, ‘Ugh, I can’t eat anymore.’ Put your fork down in between bites, and really savor the flavor. When we chow down on a food that we just can’t get enough of, we often don’t really taste most of it. You’ll actually enjoy it more if you eat it slowly.” —Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY Show and founder of NourishSnacks

Portion Control

“I’ll stick to small plates and salad forks whenever I feel like I may overindulge. It takes more willpower to stop eating food already on your plate than it does to stop yourself from getting seconds.” —Michelle Davenport, Ph.D., R.D., a Silicon Valley nutritionist

Drink Much?

“Most people, myself included, are primed to overeat when they mistake hunger for thirst, which is a very common problem—most of us aren’t drinking enough!” —Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D., senior clinical dietician at Mount Sinai Hospital

Mindful Breathing

“Take cleansing breaths before you eat, and set an intention. Take cleansing breaths after you finish your portions, and give your body the chance to register you’re full before you have more.  —Katie Cavuto, M.S., R.D., the dietician for the Phillies and the Flyers

A Dietician’s Walk on the Dark Side

“I keep 70 percent dark chocolate in the house. One study found that having just having a small portion—1.4 ounces daily—of dark chocolate helped to lower stress hormone levels in participants. That’s my go-to craving food.” —Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., wellness manager, Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

A new year is a time for potential renewal and a natural time for making life changes. We hope this post inspires someone to hold on tight to their willpower this holiday season.

Trying alternative therapies, such as stem cell therapy, in combination with a healthy lifestyle, such as practicing strategies to avoid overeating, could help you feel better. The fact that you’re reading the Lung Institute’s blog probably means that you or a loved one suffers from some form of lung disease. We may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and Happy New Year from the Lung Institute!

Looking to make a change this year? Keep us updated on your progress! Share your thoughts below and comments on this list of the strategies to avoid overeating.

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