6 Holiday Eating Tips

Tip #1 - Don't Starve Yourself

Start every day with breakfast. Even though you'll most likely gobble up lots of turkey and fixings at your holiday meal -- maybe even more calories than you would normally eat in a day -- it is best for your body if you eat small meals throughout the day.

There are three reasons for this: First, something called the thermic effect of feeding, which causes your body to burn calories during the act of eating; chewing, swallowing, digestion and absorption all play a role in your metabolism.

Second, we have all evolved from humans who survived periods of feast or famine. Thus our bodies are well-adapted to slow down our metabolism when we are not being fed consistently -- which will cause the body to hold onto fat! Who wants that?

Finally, you don't want to show up at your host's house all in a cranky mood because your blood sugar is so low! When you end up in a food situation where your eyes are bigger than your stomach, you will eat the first things you see. These are often not the healthiest items on the menu.

You may also overeat, because it can take 20 minutes for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you are full. By then, you may be past the point of no return. You know that feeling -- you're so uncomfortable, it feels like the food is still in your esophagus.