Find moderation this holiday season

Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2015

Written by Lindzie O'Reilly

Happy last day of classes! Congratulations on all the hard work you've put in this semester. 

The holidays are a time to relax after a busy semester – a time to sleep in, visit with family and friends, and enjoy home cooked meals. The holidays can also be a stressful time. Living at home again is not always easy, and navigating family meals can feel overwhelming. Try the following tips help you find a healthy middle ground this holiday season.

  1. Eat often during the day. Many of us have a tendency to try to eat less during the day to compensate for large family dinners. This strategy will always backfire. Entering a meal feeling starving sets you up to over eat. Instead, aim to eat as you normally would and arrive at the table ready to eat rather than famished.
  2. Survey your options. Family meals can feel overwhelming because there are many more food options than you might make on a student budget and a student schedule. Check out all of your options before you start to fill your plate. Decide which options look the best and you’d like to try, and which you can leave behind.

  3. Serve yourself. Only you know how hungry you are, so it’s important that you be the one to fill your plate. Aim to enjoy your food and leave the table feeling satisfied, rather than overfull. Those delicious holiday treats will taste best when you are actually hungry, and less so once you are full. Know that you can always take leftovers to go.

It’s normal for holiday meals to be larger in size and more decadent than your usual day to day fare.  Family dinners don’t need to be epic, but we make them epic when we restrict food intake all day. Removing rules around what you ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ eat will give you a better chance of enjoying the foods you love in moderation and enjoying the company of family and friends.

Wish you could have more home cooked meals when in Guelph?

Join us for a cooking class! Email cooking@uoguelph.ca for more information.

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