8 Easy Ways to Enjoy Food, but Eat Less

If your holiday break has been anything like mine, you’ve consumed creamy mashed potatoes, baked oysters covered in prosciutto butter, fully-loaded macaroni and cheese, and at least one perfectly cooked steak. Throw in 10 bottles of champagne, too many Manhattans to count, and four bottles of excellent Barbara, and it’s safe to say that I’ve been enjoying my meals, but haven’t been exactly healthy. Although I’m going all out with prime rib, potatoes au gratin, and chocolate cream pie on New Year’s Eve, I’m already thinking about the healthy detox I’ll start in early 2016. Wondering how you can do the same? Here are eight easy ways to enjoy your food, but eat less junk food overall.

  1. Get to know the foods you eat. Set up an appointment with a nutritionist. Ask them to breakdown the difference between quinoa and farro and figure out which one is best for your diet and lifestyle.
  2. Use smaller plates. Those massive plates with a 13-inch diameter? Donate them to Goodwill. By using smaller plates and bowls, you’ll automatically eat less because you are putting less on your plate.
  3. Take your time. Be mindful of what you are eating. Enjoy it! Savor each bite of food. Pay attention to hunger and fullness cues. When you are full, stop eating.
  4. If eating out, choose healthy options. Instead of getting cream of mushroom soup, opt for the vegetable minestrone. Choose the kale salad over the fried Brussels sprouts with bacon.
  5. Indulge your sweet tooth in a healthy way. Eat fresh fruit, which is naturally sweet, for dessert.
  6. Eat more vegetables, grains, greens, and fruit. Eat less solid fats, milk and diary products, and items high in sugar and salt.
  7. Sip smarter. Drink water, fat-free milk, or 100 percent real fruit juice when you are thirsty. Avoid soda at all costs!
  8. Make treats treats—not everyday foods. A treat is something you indulge every once in awhile, not every day. Limit your desserts to special occasions.

To learn more easy tips, refer to the book Eat More Better.

What ways do you enjoy food, but attempt to eat less?