Somewhere, everywhere, and probably someplace near you, the holiday season is going to mean at least one or two BIG chances to feast.
You will most likely find it difficult to sit down at a bountiful table and not eat more than one helping of some of the most delicious food you’ve had all year.
According to a interesting scientific article by Sophie Bushwick, written for Popular Science magazine, you can successfully maximize your eating experience if you follow these 5 tips, which I have paraphrased for you here.
Please Note: These tips only make sense if considered during the holiday season. Otherwise, stick to your healthy everyday diet please!
Prepare For the Big Event Challenge!
Don’t starve yourself beforehand. Otherwise, you’ll be too hungry looking at all this food, just go for it, and end up eating much too quickly. Instead, eat 4-6 hours before the feast.
Exert yourself a bit earlier in the day, since this stimulates appetite. Run. Walk. Dance. Help this food run through your digestive system lickety-split in preparation for all those goodies later.
Relax into the feast. Take some deep breaths. Think calm thoughts. Don’t start talking politics, or engage in anything confrontational before the meal.
Choose What You Eat First Wisely!
Start with the simple carbs, like potatoes, stuffing, and those yummy rolls. These allow you to eat more without feeling too full too fast.
The stomach puts these carbs on “empty-alert” 30-90 minutes sooner than the vegetables, and other whole grains. The fiber in these foods take on water, which costs you much needed room in your stomach.
Did you realize that protein also fills your gut sooner as well? Something about the secretion of enzymes and hormones is the cause of this. So go easy if you’re eating turkey or another protein. Just a mention!
Too much liquid other than sips of water will put the kibosh on stomach space you’re trying to conserve.
Sips of water during the meal are OK because they help move the food down, so it’s not just sitting there.
Even though your stomach starts processing food about as fast as you shovel it in, you still need about a half an hour to recover per plate full.
Depending on how many you choose to have, this holiday meal could take all day to complete. Don’t panic however, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Yum!!!
Move Your Body. Move Your Body!
Now it’s time to chase that cute little kid, or your ornery relative around the house a few times.
If you really want to digest the food you just ate, you’ve got to move around. Laying on the couch with your eyes rolling back in your head won’t do it.
Do you want to get back on the horse, or don’t you? Think of it this way, you’re making room for…
If you’re like me, you noticed the dessert first thing. Now that you’ve successfully made some space for that cake, or pie, fruit and cheese plate, or whatever, you’re ready to go back in.
I think you and I have earned our reward.
Remember…filling up too fast won’t give you a chance to try all the dishes you’ll wish later, you’d tried.
Besides…the cook will be furious!!!
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