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How to Avoid Overeating on the Holidays

Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Fourth of July, Easter, and more.... Feasting on these holidays and other grand-occasion get-togethers can derail you off the weight-management healthy train.

So what to do? Here's a couple pieces of advice that's counter-inuitive to the conventional theory that it's important not to overeat on the holidays. On the contrary! Eat, eat and eat some more on feast days.

The first dietary theory for holidays is to eat a lot. A lot of veggies, that is.

  • Every holiday celebration involves veggies, whether it's asparagus on Thanksgiving, or baked carrots for Easter and Christmas. Stuff your face until you're about 50% full on veggies.

Add some natural fat to the veggies such as olive oil or little dabs of butter to help you feel more full. Then, have a little piece of meat or fish and a tiny piece of dessert. If you're hungry an hour or two later, eat some more veggies or protein to satisfy your hunger.

  • It's very important not to eat more dessert. Just eat enough dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth but not enough where you're nullifying the healthy effects of eating lots of veggies.

Another theory to holiday eating is to let yourself eat anything you want. If you do want to eat second or third portions of dessert, go for it, as long as you have the discipline to let this be the only day in a very, very long time that you'll binge.

A better strategy, though, for eating lots of dessert is to swap high-calorie desserts for Miracle Noodle desserts using Miracle Rice instead of regular rice pudding, for example.

But if you do decide to binge on whatever you want, make sure that in the next week or so, you practice what's called intermittent fasting, which involves taking one or two days during the week and restricting your caloric intake.

So if on a major feast day you eat upwards of 3,000 calories, in your best estimation, have your "fast day" be limited to about 1,000 calories. With some holidays like

Thanksgiving, you're going to want to indulge in Turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, and that's ok, if and only if you don't continue to eat that way throughout the remaining 4-6 weeks of the holiday season in early winter.

You can always introduce family and friends to healthy, low-carb alternative dishes such as pasta salads with Miracle Noodles. Better yet don't even tell them they're about to eat a zero-net-calorie noodle. Wait until after everyone's done telling you how delicious their meal was to break the news.

  • The most important thing to remember is that you don't have to be a slave to the holidays. You have the freedom to not overindulge. The holidays don't have to be a near-certain sentence of weight gain and sloth during the holidays.

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