How to Cope With Holiday Food Overload

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The holidays are a time filled with delicious treats and goodies. Maybe your co-workers are having potlucks, your neighbors are having holiday parties, and your family gathers to indulge in decadent dish after dish. It is great to enjoy the food and customs of the holidays, but some of us can start to worry about food overload.

There are ways to make sure you are staying focused on what is best for you and your body amongst all of the holiday foods, while still enjoying food at the same time.

Avoiding Holiday Food Overload

You've probably heard the age-old tips about moderation and portion control at holiday meals. If you overindulge at any event, most importantly, don't stress about it. It's totally normal to feel like you've eaten too much at a holiday gathering. But, it's also a great idea to head into the holidays equipped with a few tips to not let food overwhelm you this time of year.

Dial back on alcohol.

Oftentimes, we are unaware of how much alcohol we consume while at a party or a holiday gathering. It's a good idea to keep track of how much you drink.

Choose fruit. 

At each meal, it's a great idea to start by eating some fruit or veggies. Most fruit is low in calories and has high water content. You'll get full without consuming too many calories and you'll satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time.

Moderate your snacks.

Do you know how many calories you consume from snacks? Snacks aren't a bad idea, but we often eat too much when we munch between meals. If you snack, cut each portion in half so that you consume fewer calories. 


Grab your rubber gloves — it's time to clean out your kitchen. Get rid of the junk food that doesn't deserve your attention during the holidays, then set up your kitchen for smart eating.

Try Tabata.

You'll burn more calories and blast more fat if you do high-intensity interval training. One of the easiest ways to set up these sessions is to plan Tabata style workouts. No equipment needed. Use body weight exercises that shape your muscles and increase your heart rate.

By Malia Frey
 Malia Frey is a weight loss expert, certified health coach, weight management specialist, personal trainer​, and fitness nutrition specialist.