At one point or another, we’ve all experienced eating too much or having too much to drink. And while it might have seemed like a good idea at the time, the physical toll and other ramifications, especially with drinking too much, could be a higher price than you find yourself willing to pay in the future.
But because our memories seem to be so short, and we often overestimate our ability to control ourselves, you’re like to again find yourself in a similar situation if you’re not careful. So to help ensure that this doesn’t happen to you, here are three tips to keep yourself for indulging too much in food or drink, regardless of what circumstances you might be in.
Keep The Water Coming
One of the best things you can do when you’re worried about eating or drinking too much is to try to fill yourself up with water before you have the chance to fill yourself up with other foods or beverages.
According to David P. Willis, a contributor to USA Today, you should always keep a glass of water with you. When you’re about to start eating, try to drink that whole glass of water first. And if you’re going to be drinking alcohol as well, make sure you try to alternate an alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic drink. Water is an especially good choice because it can keep you from getting dehydrated and dealing with a hangover later.
Pop Some Gum In Once You’re Satisfied
If you find yourself at a party or other event where there’s a lot of food available, casually grazing on the buffet all evening long could leave you feeling very bloated and uncomfortable.
To combat this, Dr. Jay Williams, a contributor to WebMD, recommends that you bring some gum with you to the event. Once you’ve eaten enough that you feel satisfied but before you feel too full, pop some of the gum in your mouth. By doing so, you’ll keep your mouth occupied so you’re not tempted to put more food in there.
Rethink Your Mental Framing Of That Meal
For many people, the most common time they overeat or drink too much is when they feel that they need to take advantage of the food or drink that they’re consuming. This happens very often when on vacation or on holidays.
To overcome this, Barbara Spanjers, a contributor to the Huffington Post, shares that you should try to reframe your mindset. While you might want to get while the getting’s good, try to have a conversation with yourself so you remember that your goal is to be satisfied and have a good time, not indulge so much that you make yourself sick, even if they food or drink might seem worth it at the moment.
If you have a history of losing control around food or drinks, consider using the tips mentioned above to keep yourself from indulging too much in the future.