This time of year marks the start of celebrations, memorable family events, and great food. However, many people struggle with their eating habits during the holiday season. With a table full of homemade dishes and desserts, it can seem nearly impossible not to indulge.
Going in for seconds, thirds, and maybe even fourths may sound appealing at the time, but the next day can result in regret and an upset stomach.
Mindful eating helps prevent giving in to the delicious temptations of holiday dishes.
Learn how to enjoy your holiday meals without guilt:
What Is Mindful Eating?
Mindful eating is not a diet. It is an approach to eating that incorporates paying attention to the signs your body is giving you. Mindful eating is just that, the opposite of mindless. During the holidays, you might eat foods that are more tempting than usual. Being mindful of what you eat during these times requires you to tune into your hunger. If you let your taste buds guide how much you eat, you will likely eat past hunger levels.
Slow Down And Give Thanks
As you finish your first serving of Thanksgiving dinner, let your body catch up with your brain. Enjoy your meal by not just finishing what is on your plate, but also by enjoying your time with the people who are gathered around the table with you. Take in every aspect of your environment. Use the time to savor and appreciate your meal.
Check-In With Yourself
Before even starting your meal, check-in with your hunger. Have you eaten breakfast? Have you dug into appetizers? Notice how hungry you really are. Bring this type of consciousness and focus into the kitchen as you decide what to eat.
There are so many distractions that pull us away from simply enjoying our food. Tune into the present moment and be fully aware of the delicious meal in front of you. Distracting yourself by playing on your phone or watching tv while you eat will make you become unaware of how much you are actually eating.
Our healthy eating habits are put to the ultimate test during the holiday season. It’s important to remember that food is meant to be nurturing to your body, not harmful.
If you have questions about your diet, or feel that you need help in changing your eating habits, come into our office to speak with one of our doctors. We can suggest dietary changes that will help you get the nutrition you need while promoting your overall health. We are open every single day of the week, and no appointment is needed.