Eating During the Holidays

How to Avoid Overeating while Adding Excitement and Flavour to Your Diet!

This is partnered guest post.

From prawns topped with parsley to dreamy banana split piled with nuts and whipped cream, there are foods in this world that can literally make a person drool. Obesity is an epidemic all over the world, however many people believe that overeating is just mind over matter. Instead of seeking a therapist and a 12 step diet program, why not take note of some of our tips to reduce your eating habits and add some excitement to your diet.

Especially when you put on a little weight, overeating can put a real burden on your lifestyle. There are a number of ways that you can reduce what you eat, replace bad foods with healthy options and still enjoy your meal. Many of these options are less expensive that the foods you already buy, so you’ll be helping your body as well as your bank balance. Here are some ways to reduce what you eat while still adding some excitement and flavour to your diet.


A number of people overeat because they feel nervous or anxious, and when they’re eating these feelings seem to go away. This is a terrible trap to fall into, because overeaters will start to eat anything that reduces these nervous feelings, whether it’s burgers and chips or ice cream and cookie dough. Firstly, overeaters must learn to heavily reduce their caffeine intake. Too much caffeine can cause nervousness and anxious feelings, so stop the coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon and energy drinks in the evening.


In order to stop your overeating, why not make the experience unpleasant? Experiment with your favourite foods, and consume them until you’re bursting at the seams – flood your body. You’ll most likely feel sick and put on a little weight, but hopefully this are the kicks you need to change your eating habits.

Once you’ve adopted a new mindset about your eating habits, it’s time to change your lifestyle and begin enjoying food again. From lean chicken to turkey breast, mincemeat to fish, up your body’s protein intake. Furthermore, you’ll want to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you consume too. The body stores carbohydrates and burns them before body fat.

Stock Your Fridge with Healthy Options

This is one of the easiest ways of adding excitement to your diet while also reducing what you eat, and this time you can flood your body with the good food it needs! When a person is overeating, the foods they pollute their bodies with are usually the foods that are easy to reach for. If you place bacon, eggs, sausages, chocolate and food flavourings at the front of your fridge and cupboards, then they’ll be first on the list when you want a snack. If you stock your fridge with good meals like fish, chicken, grains and vegetables, then you’ll have a much healthier choice of food options when you’re peckish.

Learn to Control Your Emotions

Boredom is also another cause of eating, and even though it seems reckless, many overeaters are excited by the food they consume. If you want to reduce your calorie intake, you’re going to need to refocus your efforts and energy into constructive activities that burn calories as well facilitating the need for healthy foods.


This guest post was written by James Honnan-Mellett, a blogger based in the UK with an interest in healthy living! Visit here for more information on improving your lifestyle.




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  1. Great tips! I am doing a weight loss challenge, and believe me it is going to be a “challenge” over the holidays. :/

  2. Maintaining your weight during the holidays is definintely hard. These are great tips.

  3. Cookies and sweets are my downfall this time of year. The good thing is they are the easiest thing to get rid of once the holidays are over.

  4. thanks for reminding again. we are one stop closer to the holidays!