With Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow, Ecumen thought it would be helpful to share some tips to keep from overeating during the holidays.

Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, offers some tips to keep from letting your eyes get bigger than your stomach:

  • Stop eating when you are satisfied, not full. If there’s still food on your plate, save it for another time.
  • Use a smaller plate, bowl, or glass to help you eat and drink less.
  • Order an item from the menu instead of heading for the “all-you-can-eat” buffet.
  • Skip the “super sizes.”
  • Share a restaurant entrée with a friend—or eat just half and take home the rest.
  • Read What’s On Your Plate?, the National Institute on Aging guide to healthy eating.
  • Visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov to see how much to eat from each food group based on your age, sex, and physical activity level.

Picture a serving size with these examples:

  • 3 ounces of meat or poultry = a deck of cards
  • 1–1 1/2 ounces of hard cheese = four dice
  • 2 tablespoons of cream cheese = a golf ball
  • 1 cup of salad or cooked vegetables = a baseball
  • 3 ounces grilled/baked fish = checkbook

Read the full article: Serving and Portion Sizes

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