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Mindful Eating During the Holidays

With all the decadent treats and delicious foods abundantly available during the holiday season, it’s very easy to get off track and pack on some hefty pounds. Baked goods, snacks, candies, chocolates, appetizers and more are everywhere. We tend to use the holidays as an excuse to gorge, with the intent of taking off the extra weight in January. You know, when we make all those lofty resolutions that are impossible to realize. But, there are a few things we can do to stay on track and eat a healthy diet during the festive weeks ahead.

Stay Mindful. Start your mornings with awareness and mindfulness. Nurture your body by meditating, stretching, going for a run, or doing yoga or qigong. They will help you stay calm, encourage an aware mind and you’ll feel better. These conscious actions will also help you make better decisions and food choices.

Hydrate. Drinking enough water daily is essential. Water flushes out toxins, provides energy, improves brain function, assists in digestion, improves skin health and complexion, promotes regular bowel movements, helps regulate body temperature, prevents bad breaths and promotes healthy weight loss and weight management to name just a few benefits. Another big factor is that water plays a big role in regulating your appetite, so drink up.

Are You Really Hungry? Reflect on how you feel after eating a meal. Are you satisfied and content with the volume of food you ate? Or did you overstuff and feel lousy with a stomach ache, heartburn and drowsiness? After you finish one plate of food, check in with your hunger. Overeating can lead to a sleepy coma, but eating in moderation means enjoying the holiday season to the fullest with your family and friends.

Make Better Choices. Filling your body with high-quality proteins and non-starchy carbs means you’ll be pumped full of nutrients and minerals that your body needs to function optimally, so you won’t feel the need to overindulge in sugary foods. You can’t go wrong with the variety of fruits and vegetables available during the winter months. Leafy greens are super rich in fiber and phytonutrients and you can eat to your heart’s content. If you’re full of healthy foods, you’ll have less room for foods that raise your blood sugar and make you grumpy.

Eat Slow, Chew Well. Have you ever noticed someone who raced through their meal? Their stomach hasn’t had a chance to adjust to the volume of food, so they keep eating. Take small bites and chew slowly. This will have a significant impact on the amount of food you consume. Take the time to enjoy and appreciate the smell, texture and flavor of your food. You’ll be amazed at how much less food you eat when you’re aware of every bite.

If you follow some of these tips, you may find that you eat far less and feel so much better. The holiday season is not so much about the food, but about enjoying time with your family and friends and creating new memories.

73 Comments

  • My biggest problem during the holidays is sampling and eating so many things. There is so much food in everyone’s house during Christmas and New Years that I find myself just eating for the sake of eating. I appreciate your posting on Mindful Eating and hopefully I will keep a few points in mind.

  • It is so hard during the holidays to stay on track. so many great appetizers and treats. I have a sweet tooth. Nanamio Bars are my downfall. Great post.

  • my mom always told me to eat slow. that’s what she does. everyone will be done their plate and waiting for her lol. but it definitely does work. thing is, around the holidays especially, there is sooo much yummy food and you basically eat with your eyes till you feel way to stuffed and just wanna pass out lol

  • I know full well that I overeat on holidays and every time I’m determined to resist but I seldom manage to do that, sigh

  • I need to add this post to my fridge door just as a daily reminder during the next month. I have trouble with eating control. “I’m I really hungry” speaks to me! Thanks for this!

  • It is so hard during the holidays, and it’s going to be especially hard for me this year since I am now on insulin and can not have any sweets, ugh!

  • Holiday time is difficult for everyone to not overeat and stay on track. I do try but it doesn’t always work because I wait so long for the good meals we have at Christmas.

  • Being a vegetarian most of my options are plant based – so I usually eat rather healthy. But, pie can be my downfall!

  • I totally need to focus on the stay hydrated tip! It’s hard for me because I never feel thirsty but it definitely helps to be well hydrated!

  • Great tips. I think eating before you head out to a party or buffet is a good idea. Something in the stomach means a bit more self-control when faced with goodies.

  • We have a fairly healthy meal for our celebration. Yes, I feel pretty full afterwards…I used to do a lot of baking for the holidays, to use for gifts, etc., but nowadays people are much more careful about what they eat. So, less baking and more creating other things…

  • There are so many sweets during our holiday dinners. I try to follow your tips and choose 2 item to c eat. Thank you for the great tips!

  • Making the right choices…less sugar filled snacks and more fruit and green leafy snacks will leave u recharged and not so hangry!lol

  • Yes, always ask yourself the question: are you really hungry? More often than not we snack because it’s available, not because we’re hungry.

  • I have become a better mindful eater as I’ve gotten older. I’m definitely not perfect but I do pay more attention to if I’m hungry, eating slower to enjoy my food, and stopping when I’m sated.

  • I love what you had to say here, I drink plenty of water and I am learning better habits on eating , like eat slower. I am finding this helpful to my body.
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  • Great tips. Drinking water and staying hydrated is so important, especially with all the alcohol, sugary treats, and rich food. Plus everything is so “go, go, go” and we often neglect ourselves.

  • It is so easy to gain an easy 10 or 15 punds over the holidays – with all the parties and socializing that center on food and drink.. I am very aware of the extra calories and mindful of them.While a cheat maybe ok once a week,you can only have those sparingly.

  • There are always so many sweets at Christmas and I want to try them all! But being mindful of what is going into your body is very important. I like the tip of chewing more slowly and enjoying each bite. Giving your stomach time to adjust to the amount of food you’ve consumed is a great way to prevent overeating.

  • I keep a daily mindfulness journal. I write down what I m eating in the day. Also, I add some financial mindfulness goals but reallyit’s still hard to refrain during the holidays .Most of the time I don’t want to give up my 2 large coffees a day, when I know it spikes my hunger later in the day because I really haven’t had a balanced morning. Thanks for the post.

  • I love Christmas time and all the goodies. I hope to keep my diet intake in check this year. I think I will try to think about if I am really hungry before I take something.

  • Thanks for the reminder about how to eat healthier. This is always the time of year that I tend to forget these things.

  • I put on weight just after I retired in 2012 and I NEED to lose so I cannot indulge in all the sweets that I’d like to during the holidays… I will a little but I have made it a point to lose weight and also to eat more sensibly.

  • Eating slow is the best tip, I think. I have seen so many well-fed people sit down to a holiday meal, and just inhale the whole thing! Take your time, taste, savor, and enjoy your food. Most likely no one will take it from you! As for hydration, that’s super important every day.

  • I loved the article on Mindful Eating, very well put together. People always tend to eat to much when it comes to Xmas dinner, then they feel bloated & uncomfortable !

  • I like these tips. They are easy, common sense, and simple to incorporate. This is a reminder to start qigong every morning. ~ side note: I often get teased for how slowly I eat and how I really enjoy the food and make it seem even more enticing because I truly savour it.

  • I’ve been trying really hard over the last couple of weeks to eat healthy. I’ve been either walking at the local track or in the neighbourhood every day even if I’m super busy. I’m trying the whole ‘Just Do It’ approach. I may have to drop everything, but I’m going to exercise. I find it helps with staying away from junk and choosing healthier food.

  • Good to practice this year round to prevent yourself from over eating and giving in to too much over holidays.. regularly tuning our mind is a good way to establish a habit

  • These are great tips! I think my biggest problem is staying hydrated, especially with the gas heat in the house and entertaining so much. I forget to drink enough water.

  • It’s always been hard for me to not overeat during the holidays but hopefully with these tips I will be able to control myself this year.

  • I try really hard to watch what I eat around the holidays. I just don’t eat like that much anymore but I sure enjoy the good food. I love the tips.

  • Very good advice. Long gone are the days of overeating for me. I’ve been on a quest to heal my gut and many foods are off limits. Thanks!

  • This is so hard to do, especially at the holidays! But it’s so important to really question why we’re eating and/or drinking to stay slim and healthy. It’s a good way to introduce mindfulness into other areas of your life too.

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