Eat Your Way Right Through the Holidays- Success

Eating your way RIGHT through the holidays is not about easy or being average.

It isn’t about settling for the typical but rather going against the grain (no pun intended).

It's about you taking control of your life and your choices, not let others control you.

Taking control of your eating and you'll do amazing!

You want to eat to the point where you feel satisfied. You know you'll feel hunger for 30-60 minutes before your next meal, and you've eaten just enough to feel your physical best.  When you do not feel any better by eating more, you’re in the satisfied zone. You don’t feel better if you keep eating and eating. (Yes, there’s an enjoyment aspect, but that’s a separate discussion. At some point you start to become physically uncomfortable, after a point it becomes incrementally less comfortable to have pressure build in the abdomen).

Eating right includes the idea that you eat until your body is satisfied with the amount of food you've taken in. It is a RANGE, which will vary day to day with your activity level, previous day’s intake, and what’s in your meal. We need to eat a volume of food to get satisfied and stay satisfied until our next meal.   Gigantic salad or pizza I know I don’t need to eat the same volume to get to “Just Right”. It’s just a matter of slowing down and giving the signals time to kick in. You don’t eat the same thing for every meal, so there must be several ways to eat healthfully without stopping still hungry or eating until we hurt, right?

Picture Credit: Georgie Fear

A good friend, Georgie Fear, shared this graph with me. You'll see that: A, B, and C are all Eating Just Enough! You might find you move toward your goals by simply aiming to stop eating in the Green zone, or you might find you can dial it in to stopping earlier or later depending on the particular food you happen to be enjoying. As you practice, you’ll get pretty good at telling what you’re feeling, and knowing how long certain foods hold you.

Eat your way Right through the holidays- stop when you are satisfied. 

To your Best Health,

Coach Nancy

About the author

Coach Nancy

Nancy Carlson is a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association, a Level 1 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, and is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach. Nancy was recognized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the “Best of the Best” Fitness Trainer in Southern NH by the Hippo Press.

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