Try to eat a light snack before you go to an eating event.
When you are eating at a party sit down to eat at dining table vs. standing up. You will be able to fill your fullness more accurately.
Take a break during the eating, to sip a beverage, talk to a friend, and savor your food. This also helps you feel your appropriate fullness.
Honor your cravings to choose what looks appetizing to you.
Take time to connect with all of your senses when enjoying holiday food. Explore with sight, smell and taste of the food.
Acknowledge hunger and fullness with meals, and make a mental or written note about it. Honor your body telling you when you are full.
Slow down while eating. Allow at least 30 to 45 minutes for your lunch and dinner meals. Feel the different textures and tastes of the food.
Focus on healthy conversation during the meal, preferably not about food or weight issues. Try not to compare your meal to what others at the table are eating.
When you are done with your meal, give yourself a signal to finish the meal, such as throwing your plate away if at a party or putting a breath mint in your mouth or leaving the room where the food is being served.
When you are having a connected eating experience, you will find that you enjoy your food more, are more satisfied when finished with your meal, and will have given your body what it needs.