When it comes to a lot of things, there´s what we know and then there´s what we do, and what we do doesn´t often line up with what we know.
This holiday season we know that if we eat all the wonderful treats that are present in abundance throughout the season, we will end up regretting it in the beginning of the new year when the reality of overindulgence catches up to us. What we do is eat it all anyway.
Look, the holiday season is a time for joy, celebration, and, of course, indulgence in delicious foods and I get that. This post is not about restriction, it´s about a different approach. A better way to enjoy all of the delectable culinary treats that come around only once a year and not have any regret after.
This holiday season instead of getting carried away with the festivities and finding yourself overeating without truly savoring the flavors, I invite you to consider embracing a mindful approach.
According to Webster, mindfulness is a mental state that involves being fully present and engaged in the current moment, without judgment or distraction. It is a practice of self-awareness that can help individuals to better understand their thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations.
Applying mindfulness to eating not only allows us to enjoy the culinary delights without judgement or distraction, but also helps us foster a healthier relationship with food.
Here's a quick guide on how to mindfully eat your way through the holidays.
Start with Awareness:
Before you dive into the holiday feast, take a moment to check in with yourself. Assess your hunger levels and emotional state. Are you truly hungry, or are you eating out of stress, boredom, or social pressure? By being aware of your motivations, you can make more conscious choices about what and how much to eat.
Engage Your Senses:
Mindful eating involves fully engaging your senses in the eating experience. Take the time to appreciate the colors, textures, and aromas of the holiday dishes. Chew slowly and savor each bite. This not only enhances the enjoyment of the food but also allows your body to recognize when it's satisfied, reducing the likelihood of overeating.
The holiday table is often laden with an abundance of delicious options. Instead of piling your plate sky-high, practice portion control. Start with smaller servings and listen to your body's signals of fullness. You can always go back for seconds if you're still hungry.
Listen to Your Body:
Pay attention to your body's signals of hunger and fullness. Eat when you're hungry and stop when you're satisfied. This may require tuning in to subtle cues, as it takes time for your body to register fullness. Trust your body's wisdom in guiding your eating decisions.
In the hustle and bustle of holiday gatherings, it's easy to get caught up in conversations or distractions. Make an effort to stay present during your meals. Put away electronic devices, and focus on the people around you and the food in front of you. This enhances the enjoyment of the meal and promotes mindful eating.
While it's okay to indulge in holiday treats, be selective about your choices. Opt for treats that you truly enjoy and savor them without guilt. Mindful eating isn't about restriction but about making conscious choices that align with your well-being.
As a final thought, be conscious of your alcohol intake, as it can contribute to overeating. Alternate between sips of water and festive drinks to stay hydrated and maintain a sense of balance.
This holiday season, by making the choice to approach food with mindfulness, you´re creating a healthier and more enjoyable holiday experience. Mindfully eating your way through the holidays not only allows you to fully appreciate the yummy delights but also promotes overall well-being and balance.
Here´s to discovering a happier healthier you!