Who doesn’t love eating good food? For example, in London there are many fantastic restaurants, pubs and cafes serving delicious treats over the festive season. However this can encourage us to overeat. If you are suffering from the post-dinners bloat then you may want to book yourself in for a health assessment.
These assessments can help you understand where you may be going wrong with your health. This can help set you up for the New Year and the new you.
At Christmas it is socially acceptable to overeat. At this time of year it has always been traditional to celebrate the mid-winter with feasting. However these days food is much more readily available. This means instead of just overeating on Christmas day we tend to binge over the entire festive season.
This can quickly put on the pounds and cause unsettled digestive systems. This is why many people look to the New Year to change their eating habits and get binging under control again.
The problem with fashionable diets is that they often try to offer short cuts and easy answers. Dieticians agree that there is no substitute for putting in place healthy lifestyle changes. Radically changing your diet and eating habits for the rest of your life can be hard though. It can be too easy to fall back into bad habits that you have grown used to over the years. Fashionable diets seem to offer the perfect solution as you can lose weight in the short-term. However many of these diets are just too strict to stick to for long. As soon as you stop the diet and go back to the way you were before you can start to pile on the pounds again.
Instead it is recommended that you make small and sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle. These small changes will easier to stick to. This means you can keep on doing them until they form a newly ingrained habit that will become second nature to you. Changing your habits can take some hard work and self-discipline but this can be a wonderful way to improve your quality of life.
Don’t Make Over-Eating a Sin
The worst thing you can do is to develop a negative attitude to food. This is one of the great joys in life and if should never be cast in the role of the ‘enemy’. However eating can be closely linked to emotional states. Many people feel a powerful urge to overeat when they are upset, anxious or under pressure. This urge is compelling and may lead to overeating that feels out of control. This is known as binge eating and can become a life-long problem if left unmanaged.
We all enjoy an extra helping of festive food during Christmas time. You shouldn’t feel guilty every time you over-indulge. Instead of thinking about being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ when eating food think about being ‘comfortably full’ or ‘uncomfortably full’. Taking an extra slice of cake is not binge eating. However if you ate the whole cake and made yourself fell ill then you may have a problem. Here are just a few ways to help control binge eating after the festive season:
- Never eat straight from the carton or box. Instead measure out a portion of food and put the rest away again.
- Use small plates and bowls as this will make your measured portion look bigger and more satisfying
- Eat slowly and chew your food properly. This will not only aid digestion but will also help you to understand when you are comfortably full.
- Try not to eat in front of the television. This can encourage you to eat automatically and not really enjoy and savour your food. This can result in over-eating.
- Learn the difference between cravings and hunger. If you are truly hungry then any food will be welcome such as a handful of nuts or a cup of warm soup.
- With cravings you will normally have a powerful urge to eat one particular kind of food such as chocolate, bread or crisps.
By building a good relationship with food you can help to avoid binge eating and develop a healthier lifestyle for the New Year.
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Kris MacKenzie is students at the Faculty of Medicine of the Imperial College (London) and blogs about health assessment, pediatrics and well being. He has reviewed Blossoms Healthcare private clinic services and also shared health tips with parenting and well being online communities.