As a kid I remember my grandmother asking me why I ate food in a certain order. I guess, like many of us, I saved the best bits till last, preferring to eat the bits I liked less at the beginning and then savour the nice bits. Now, I think that approach is completely wrong!
The key to a great relationship with food is to eat the food you enjoy, savouring it and enjoying it but not overeating on it. So, lets think about what happens when you save your favourite bits until last.
You set out at the start to eat everything on your plate. You are imagining that the amount of food on your plate is the amount you will eat and therefore you are not listening to your hunger, but ploughing through the whole lot, otherwise you won’t be able to eat the favourite bits you have left until last.
You are encouraging yourself to eat to overful. If you really want the foods you have left until last, you are likely to eat them regardless of whether you are still hungry or not, because you want them.
So my suggestion is that you turn this on its head. Start by eating the foods on your plate that you absolutely love first. Eat and savour and enjoy and then eat the others. Because if you do become full, you won’t feel like you’re missing out by not eating them and you’ll be happy to leave them on your plate (sprouts, anyone?).
So, does that mean eating Christmas pudding first? Well it may be a bit extreme but why not? If that’s your favourite then go for it!
And if you can’t bring yourself to do that then make sure you leave a little room for it, or leave a gap and come back when you’re a bit more hungry. You can download more Christmas eating tips here