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Worried about overeating on Christmas?

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Posted at 9:18 PM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 23:16:27-05

It's that time of the year where most of us overeat during the holidays. It can be hard to say no - to overindulge in your favorite food and drinks. So how can we control ourselves?

We sat down with a Lafayette nutritionist who says eating slower will help your brain signal faster that you are full. He also provided some other tips that can help you feel full, but not stuffed.

"Drink plenty of water, but eat your protein first, then your vegetables, then the carbohydrates and sweets. That way, you'll already be semi-full and you won't overeat," explained Brian Melancon, owner of C620 Nutrition.

Overindulging in holiday treats can also mean trouble for your heart.

Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Leslie Cho explained that "holiday heart syndrome" is heart trouble experienced after too much salty food or alcohol. These can increase your blood pressure, worsening the risk for heart failure in those who have pre-existing heart problems.

"One of the things we always tell our patients is that you can have whatever you want, but it has to be in moderation," she said.