Celebrating the holidays and indulging in rich foods go hand-in-hand. For me, it starts with Halloween candy, a couple pieces here and there and continues through the end of the year from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations. There are potlucks, happy hours, holiday parties, and piles of leftovers to contend with. In the past, I would try to hold steadfast to my diet and not eat anything while I sipped on a glass of wine. However, as a mother to a small daughter, showing her healthy eating in moderation and the social aspects of food is important to me now. The trick is to know when to stop eating and what you really want to indulge in by eating mindfully. Below are six steps for staying in tune with your body while enjoying seasonal treats.
Before filling your plate or taking that first bite, take three deep breaths to calm and center yourself. You’ll make better food choices with a calm disposition, especially if you are in a stressful family environment.
2. Choose Wisely
Choose one piece of food at a time. Do not load your plate with a little of everything. Rather, select the food that appeals most to you visually and by scent. Only place food on your plate that you intend to eat entirely. Don’t select food items to spare someone’s feelings or that you know will not bring your nourishment (body or soul).
3. Sit Down
Sitting down at a clear space with your utensils and napkin. Try to remain focused on your food and the eating experience. Multi-tasking or standing while eating results in mindless eating of large amounts of food without even noticing the treat you’ve given yourself.
4. Take It All In
Smell the food to awaken the senses and further determine that you really wish to eat it. Notice it’s texture and density, colors, and how it is presented.
Take one small bite and savor the food. Notice the texture and taste of the food. Take a deep breath while savoring the bite. Notice what flavors you taste first and which linger afterward. Chew thoroughly before swallowing.
6. Check In With Yourself
Is this truly the food you want to be eating or will you go back for something else? Was the anticipation as rewarding as the experience? If the answer to either of these questions is “no”, it is ok to stop eating. Take a deep breath and note if you are still hungry.
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