How To Eat Mindfully During The Holidays

The festive season is all about indulging in good food. With all the obligations and preparations around this time, it’s easy to neglect your plans for health, wellness, and weight goals. Here are some great tips to help keep stay on track with your health goals while still having a happy festive season:

Pick Healthier Options 

You don’t have to give up your favourite foods and desserts if you maintain a balanced diet. However, keep in mind that food’s main purpose is to fuel your body. Make sure you add vegetables and fruits to get the right nutrients.

Pay close attention to portion sizes

Serving yourself larger portions than normal can encourage you to eat more, even if you would have been satisfied with a smaller amount. Overeating can cause unpleasant side effects such as discomfort, heartburn and temporary feelings of being too hot or dizzy.

Check to see how hungry you are before you take your first bite.

Ask yourself if you are eating because the food is in front of you, or if you are truly hungry. You may find that you’re not hungry at all, or at least not as hungry as you thought. This is the perfect time to recognise these triggers and try to substitute them with other activities instead of eating. You could call friends/family, to do some of that Christmas preparations, read or go for a walk to avoid eating when you’re not hungry.

Be drink-aware.

It’s easy to forget to drink enough water when you’re busy. Water is essential for our bodies to function correctly. Limit the intake of alcoholic beverages as they contain a lot of calories and can result in you eating more food than you would when you are not drinking.

Keep moving.

It’s important to exercise throughout the festivals of food. Physical activity has many benefits. Go for a walk or run. Consistency is key, so try and stick to your exercise plan during this time.

It’s possible to build a positive relationship with food, you don’t have to give up your favourite indulgence. Mindful eating will help you nourish your body the right way.

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