By Jamie Dougherty – Part #2 of the JamieLiving 5-Part Holiday Survival Guide

Staving off unhelpful holiday pounds ultimately comes down to one thing: listening to your body. Easier said that done, right? We’ve all had the body conversation that goes something like this: “I know I don’t need that extra cookie but I want one!” and then you quickly stuff another cookie down your unsuspecting gullet before anyone see. Believe me, I’ve been there and done that! However, the issue with ignoring your already full tummy is it will immediately spite you with a severe stomach ache and uncomfortably snug jeans. NO fun!

So how do you actually listen to your body and then follow through with what it’s telling you?

Part 2: Eat by numbers!

Think about your hunger on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 is you are starving and about to eat your arm and 10 is you are so full it hurts to breathe. (Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m taking about.) Along this scale you want to eat at a 3 and stop at a 7. A 3 is where you are definitely hungry but could wait another 20 minutes to eat. The situation isn’t dire but will be soon. After enjoying your meal, stop eating at 7. 7 is where you are full, completely satisfied and comfortable. You could eat more but if you did you would certainly need to unbutton your pants. There you have it, the second part of your JamieLiving Holiday Survival Guide! Who knew a 3 and a 7 could save your lovely waistline?

In the comments let me know how eating by numbers has helped you during the holidays. Come on ladies, sharing is caring! (And it feels good too.)

Jamie G. Dougherty, founder of, gives women the secrets to feel amazing in their bodies and create the balance they crave between their busy schedules and eating well. Jamie believes that though kale and brown rice are good foods to put on your plate, until we truly learn HOW to eat rather than just WHAT to eat we will continue to be carb-craving, super-frazzled, stress-out ladies. If you ever feel hungry, stuck and unsatisfied with your food be sure to visit Jamie’s website to get her FREE 5-Step Guide to Fabulous. Seriously ladies, get ready for Jamie to rock your world!