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Busayo: How to Avoid Binge Eating During the Festive Season



dreamstime_l_20467820Don’t you just love the festive season? It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year. A few weeks ago when the weather turned bringing that crisp sweet smell of harmattan, I couldn’t contain my joy. There are so many events, parties, family gathering etc to attend and of course ” Item number Seven ” is a must. This is where the problem lies.

There is so much food everywhere you turn. It’s like people in Nigeria wait till December to showcase culinary prowess and generosity that was nowhere to be found in previous months, and it’s hard to say no. It’s easy to throw nutrition out the window when it comes to the holiday season.

Usually I don’t mind, I look forward to being fat and happy in December, then pay the price in the new year. I get on the scale and weep and start the diet(starving) trend. Well, no more. I am already battling the bulge right now and going forward I have researched how I going to survive, triumph this December. These are my tips:

Map out your holiday season in very specific terms. Its a very serious matter so you need to strategize and decide:

* Where you are going?

* Whom you are going to see?

* What you are going to eat?

* How much you are going to drink?

* When you are going to exercise?

* How you plan to manage your stress (because there will be stress, even if you love the holiday season, traffic in Lagos alone is enough stress.)

Don’t go to a party hungry. Eat a light snack before going out.

Choose only the foods you really want and keep the portions small and make a pledge to eat all of your food – all of it – slowly, so you can enjoy every bite. It’s easy to binge if you eat quickly and try not to notice what you’re eating. So eat everything sitting down, slowly, and mindfully.

Be selective about sweets. Choose a modest portion of the dessert that is most appealing to you. Make it last for five minutes if you can, and enjoy every bite!

Make a conscious choice to limit high fat items. Fill up on lower calorie, nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, veggies, lean meats and whole grain breads. I know it might be a bit difficult, but if you put in some thought and effort, you will eat healthier at parties.

Drink plenty of water, lots and lots of it.

When you arrive at a party, avoid rushing to the food. Go enjoy some conversation with friends and family first, don’t just be a ‘grubido’/ FFO (For Food Only)

Limit the hors doeuvres/ small chops nibbles. They can really add up and can constitute your complete calorie intake. Avoid grazing while waiting for the main meal.

Be physically active every day. Take a walk after a meal if you can. Remember that your body doesn’t know it’s a holiday! It will process food in exactly the same way as any other day during the year.

Don’t eat when you’re upset. You will not be able to enjoy your food and you will overeat.

Plan in advance to have one moderate indulgence every day so it doesn’t seem like you are being hard on yourself. Limit your intake of alcohol and junk food to just one time during the day (preferably the evening, so you have something to look forward to all day).

We all fall down. You will fall off the wagon sometimes; you are only human. Do not sabotage yourself by thinking “I shouldn’t have eaten that. Oh, well, I might as well eat whatever I want for the rest of the day and start again tomorrow.” Don’t compound one mistake with another – unless you’re trying to give yourself permission to binge. The truth is, if you eat some cake that contain 250 calories, it won’t even show up on the scale by the end of the week. But if you use one mistake to justify eating 2,000 calories, it will show up on the scale tomorrow!

Avoid temptation. You know your weaknesses. Last weekend I was at a food festival and after browsing the tents and buying a few food items. I was on my way out, the next thing I saw the ‘Chefs tent’ and went to look around. When I got there and saw things grilling and sizzling, I told myself,’ Busayo if you start, they will wheel you outta here’ so I did a turn around. I even saw my food crush, Chef Fregz ( Infact I got free tickets to the event through his Instagram page) and told myself another time and place, leave here now.

Those are my tips. What are some of your trusted tips for avoiding  binging? Please share.

Love and lots of holiday food.

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My name is Busayo, a Food Enthusiast, I love love food, its a huge passion for me and I believe Chocolates make the world a happier place. Feel free to contact me via email, [email protected]


  1. tilda

    December 21, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Loooool. Tis the season to be jolly. Personally I do watch wat I eat as I tend to bloat with carbs. But come Christmas now, I absolutely throw caution to the sweet season. Its just part and parcel of the Xmas season. Besides it’ll be rude to turn my nose up to all the fine delicacies offered (i like to tell myself ) loooooool . Anyhow I’ve come prepared this season , I bought myself a beats by dre for christmas to motivate me to get on the treadmill and kill off those pesky calories. TBH ill rather break a sweat exercising , than watch wst i put in my mouth this Christmas. I just dont have the dicipline. Merry Christmas everyone!.

    • bukky

      December 21, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Lol I know myself, I have good self control when it comes to what I eat , Christmas / thanksgiving/new year are the only times of the year i give myself permission to over indulge, absolutely no restraints. My philosophy is I’ll pay later at the gym. Works for me.

    • Bleed Blue

      December 21, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Hahahaha!! Same here oh!

      I plan on eating anything that doesn’t eat me first.
      Biko bring on the binge. From January 4, I can start behaving myself 🙂

    • Seriously

      December 21, 2015 at 10:40 am

      I’m eating all I can, I will worry about weight gain later. It’s too much emphasis on beauty and weight. The more we talk about it, the more we struggle with it. I noticed, when there’s not too much emphasis on something, people naturally watch themselves.

  2. bella'sgal

    December 21, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I love this articule cos its gonna help me alot.

  3. Chi!

    December 21, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Nice one dear! tanx for dis. thank God for social media n information.

  4. tamunotonye

    December 21, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Just buy slim lite coffee mbok, it works wonders.

  5. whocares

    December 21, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I dont wanna .

  6. tobi

    December 21, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    It’s Christmas. That’s all the reason I need to binge to my hearts content. Christmas is once a year.

  7. Orobo

    December 22, 2015 at 9:17 am

    This is what i am lookung forward to being on My Christmas lunch plate; party glizard, fried pieces of assorted meat. Fried rice, jellof rice , macarooni cheese, fried fish, coleslaw , fried dodo, moimoi. For starters pepper soup. Is that bingeing ?.

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