Hello SOTGC community,
It’s official … the holiday season is in our midst. The stores are full of decorations, there is talk of presents, and the party invitations are starting to roll in. And where there are parties, there is food – lots of it, and not the most calorie-conscious! If you are still feeling full from your Thanksgiving feast, this post is for you!!
So what is a sensible person to do about all of the holiday temptation? The good news is that I am not going to tell you to avoid the buffet tables at all of your holiday gatherings … that would be NO FUN! (That being said, if you are really concerned about your waistline, it may not be a bad idea … it’s inevitable that you will consume more calories if you spend your time chatting there.)
I, for one, am about maximum pleasure with minimal “side effects”… the side effects in this case would be gaining weight and feeling sluggish from all of the eating and drinking.
Here is the secret … it is not what you eat, but HOW you eat.
This is an official call to bring mindfulness into your daily eating routines, and to start practicing right now, before the party circuit is in full swing.
Here are some tips:
Try to eat sitting down if possible … there is a higher probability of mindfulness when seated.
Focus on how your food (and drink!) tastes, and by this I mean that you should actually pay attention while you are eating. If you are paying attention to the taste, you will increase your pleasure. Or alternatively, you might notice that the food doesn’t taste all that great (or that the wine/cocktail is mediocre), and might “mindfully” decide to put it down, or pass the next time the tray comes around.
Eat slowly, and chew your food thoroughly. This will give your body and mind enough time to both register your level of fullness and help you digest your food accordingly.
Over the next few holiday weeks, see if you can employ some mindfulness-based eating techniques during your day. It clearly may not be reasonable to expect all of your meals to be eaten with complete mindfulness, but every little bit counts. Start with a small goal if you like – five minutes of mindful eating at one meal per day.
If you become more mindful of how you eat, you will most certainly be able to enjoy all of the great seasonal delicacies, and still watch your waist!
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