1. Eats your protein first.  This will ensure that your getting some good quality nutrients and help stimulate leptin, the hormone that tells your brain you have had enough.
  2. Eat the berries.  Often times there is a cranberry dish at least served.  Make sure you get some of these quality antioxidants in with your meal.
  3. Drink plenty of water.  The human brain has a tough time discerning thirst from hunger.  Staying adequately hydrated will help you consume less junk food and sugar beverages.  Try to drink water with your meal as well.  If you are going to have a glass of wine or drink after the meal, that would be better than before or with the meal.
  4. Get some sort of fiber.  The easiest way to get fiber in is to eat whole plant foods.  So fruit and veggies in their raw form is preferred.  If there is a salad dish, veggies, or fresh fruit a good serving of that will go a long way.
  5. Don’t stress about it.  Don’t turn your holiday meal into a guilt feast.  Adding stress to the meal will help no one.  Focus on the first 4 tips here and then enjoy yourself and relax.
  6. Socialize and take your time.  Don’t eat your meal like this is the season finale of Prison Break.  Take the time to soak in the flavors of the food and family.  You will eat less and enjoy it more if you take your time.  You will also have a better chance  of avoiding that over stuffed feeling and insulin induced comma afterwards.
  7. Portion control your desert.  Many people think that because they are cheating they need to make as much of it as they can and take massive portions of sweets.  Often the eye is bigger than the mouth, but they still shove it all down.  Take your deserts in small portions, and enjoy them bite by bite.  You can always return for seconds.

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