As we approach the holiday season and festive activities with our friends and family, its easy to get swept away in the feasts and parties that are sure to come our way. You don’t need to deprive yourself, eat only boring foods, or take your treats with a side order of guilt.
Instead, by practising a bit of mindful eating, you can come through the holidays without having sacrificed your health.
Here are a few tips I’ve put together for you to help guide you through the season that wont tax your arteries and strain your waistline.
Take 10 before taking seconds. It takes a few minutes for your stomach’s “I’m getting full” signal to get to your brain. After finishing your first helping, take a 10-minute break. Make conversation. Drink some water. Then recheck your appetite. You might realize you are full or want only a small portion of seconds.
Distance helps the heart stay healthy. At a party, don’t stand next to the food table. That makes it harder to mindlessly reach for food as you talk. If you know you are prone to recreational eating, pop a mint or a stick of gum so you won’t keep reaching for the chips.
Don’t go out with an empty tank. Before setting out for a gathering with friends or family, eat something small beforehand so you don’t arrive famished. Excellent pre-party snacks like apple slices with nut butter or a ¼ cup of nuts will help you from binge eating when you arrive.
Don’t shop when you are hungry. I know you’ve heard this before, but it remains tried and tested. Eat before you go shopping so the scent of Cinnabon’s or popcorn doesn’t tempt you to gobble treats you don’t need.
Avoid alcohol on an empty stomach. Alcohol increases your appetite and diminishes your ability to control what you eat. If you do choose to drink alcohol, alternate each alcoholic drink with a glass of water and consume in moderation.
Make room for veggies. At meals and parties, don’t ignore fruits and vegetables. They make great snacks and even better side or main dishes — beware of veggies slathered with creamy sauces or butter.
Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. No one likes that icky, stuffed feeling after a meal. Eat slowly, and check your fullness levels while you’re eating. Remember — there are always leftovers!
Think Colour. Make a plate look festive by including fruits and veggies. Aim to cover half the plate.
Savour seasonal treats. Having treats now and then will not make or break your weight. Make sure you take time to really taste and enjoy that special treat when you have it.
Don’t feel guilty. If you did overindulge, don’t beat yourself up. Just make sure your next meal is healthy, and be sure to incorporate exercise into your routine.
Pay attention to what really matters. Although food is an integral part of the holidays, put the focus on family and friends, laughter and cheer. Use balance and moderation as your guide over the festive season and remember to relax and enjoy yourself.
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