1. Know That There's A Difference Between Overeating And Being Full
“Often there is no real ‘tipping point’ as someone who is seated at the table can eat continuously for hours,” says Dr Pasupathy. “Instead, get up and walk around so that you can have a better sense of how full you really feel.”
2. Know The Signs Of Overeating
Indigestion and bloating are two of the most common gastrointestinal problems associated with overeating. “The usual foods that cause indigestion are fatty, oily and spicy food,” says Dr Pasupathy.
3. Pace Yourself
“My suggestion is to pace yourself, and try only a little of each food so that you have room for more!”
Take the chance to wander off from the food table and catch up with friends – or make new ones – as well.
4. Understand What Festive Food Does To Your Body
“Meat takes a long time to digest, and eating a lot of it can make one feel rather bloated too.” If you’ve got a sensitive stomach, it’s also best to eat heavily spiced foods and curries, red meat and rich creamy desserts in moderation, or avoid them entirely if you are intolerant.
5. Prep The Tummy
“Some people take antacids before a big meal to reduce the feeling of acidity,” says Dr Pasupathy.
Text: Dawn Chen/Shape