Practice Mindful Eating this Holiday Season
Let the Holiday Season eating begin
The holiday season is filled with holiday parties, crazy shopping, and busy schedules that maintaining a healthy eating pattern is quite challenging. Being aware or mindful of what you eat and you eat can really make a difference in how you handle stress in your body.
Avoid Mindless Eating
Mindless eating is consuming food just because it’s there. It’s eating while distracted – watching TV, working at a computer or texting on our smartphones. It’s eating for emotional comfort instead of for hunger. Simply put, it’s not paying attention to what we eat which can lead to being overweight and even obesity.
Be aware of what you putting into your body with these quick tips:
- Control portions. Especially during the holidays, know that you’ll have more opportunities to eat festive snacks and desserts. You don’t need to deprive yourself, just eat smaller portions.
- Eat when you’re hungry. Don’t wait until you are starving to eat because most likely you won’t care what you are eating. Eat only when you start getting hungry.
- Plan. Prepare healthy snacks throughout the day. If you tend to get hungry between meals, bring along a 200-calorie, whole grain, high-fiber snack. Enjoy plenty of fiber to keep you going longer.
- Slow down. Don’t rush through your meal. Take time to put the fork down and chew your food so you body has time to break it down and let your brain know that you are satisfied.
- Pay attention. Don’t eat while you are on the phone or watching TV. You end up overeating and not allow all your senses to fully enjoy the food.
- Use smart technology. Find local restaurants and cafes that offer organic, vegan homemade selections rather than running to the nearest fast foods from your phone.