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Mindful eating for the holidays

‘Tis the season for indulgence, right? Yet when January 1 rolls around, we often regret the pounds we packed on during the holidays. Luckily, there’s a way to enjoy all the food of the season without going overboard! It all starts in your head. We’re distracted even more this time of year with the hustle and bustle of the season and often overeat without realizing it until our tummy revolts. Take the following steps to become a mindful eater and you won’t have any regrets on New Year’s Day.

  • Pay attention to your hunger signals. When a baby is hungry, she eats heartily but turns away from the bottle when she is full. Ask yourself if you’re really hungry before you eat a cookie from the office kitchen.
  • Be a conscious eater. While you eat, savor the flavor. Appreciate the aroma. When you’re chewing, notice the texture.
  • Slow down and chew your food thoroughly between bites. Don’t put another mouthful in, until you have swallowed the first bite. If you’re using utensils, put the fork or spoon down between bites. Take a sip of water between bites. Talk to the people sharing the same table.

 

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