Overeating is a symptom of the holidays. Itâ€™s not easy to resist so many delicious baked goods!!!
If you find that you have trouble curbing your temptations, try eating these foods, which can help if you have an overeating problem:
1. Drink orange juice.
Flavonoids, the antioxidant-like compounds in OJ, may offset the heart-damaging effects of a calorie- and fat-laden meal, suggests a 2010 study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In the study, people who drank orange juice with a high-fat, high-calorie breakfast (51 grams fat, 900 calories) had lower levels of harmful free radicals and other inflammatory markers associated with heart disease after the meal than participants who drank plain water or sugar water and ate the same breakfast.
2. Eat fruit.
If you’ve indulged in a decadent meal, follow it with fruit. Eating antioxidant-rich fruitsâ€”including berries, grapes, kiwi and cherriesâ€”helps minimize the harmful free-radical damage that occurs after a meal. Eating caloric meals without antioxidant-rich foods like fruits and vegetables can have harmful effects over time.
3. Drizzle vinegar.
Having a tablespoon of vinegar with your meal, perhaps drizzled on your salad, may temper the spike in blood sugar that occurs after eating a big, carbohydrate-rich meal.
For most of us, a steep rise in blood sugar triggers an equally rapid dropâ€”which stokes appetite. This sugar surge is particularly a problem for people with diabetes, who can’t clear glucose effectively (over time, excess glucose in the blood damages tissues).
4. Drink wine.
The antioxidants in red wine may reduce the negative impact of high-fat foods by lowering levels of a compoundâ€”produced in the body after eating fatâ€”that’s linked with heart disease. Cook with red wine or enjoy a glass with dinner. But remember, moderation is key!