5 Charts That Help Me Avoid Overeating At Holiday Parties

Or, you know, at least try to avoid it.

Like many people, I have had to learn how not to overeat at delicious holiday parties. (Ahem.) Here are five illustrated strategies I use.

1. I fill my stomach with the healthier options first. (Eat before the party if necessary.)

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*This drawing is not scientific (because I chew my food.)

2. I stay in conversations far away from the food.

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I find it greatly aids the conversation to ask creative questions like these.

3. I keep my cup in my hand all night. (And choose low/no calorie beverages.)

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This makes it
1) Easier to keep hydrating
2) Harder to pick up lots of food

4. I focus on the one perfect dessert I want and ignore all else.

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NOTE: This is especially hard (but necessary) at potluck-style parties where your friends/family made the desserts.

5. Once I am full, I eat a mint each time I am tempted by seconds.

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Also, hey - fresh breath.

What strategies do you use? Let me know in the comments below.

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