17 Dec Mindful Eating Tips at Parties and on Christmas Day
Who doesn’t want to fully enjoy good holiday food? In most cases, you are eating food you only have during Christmas time.
That ‘inner Gremlin‘ says: “You won’t have this again until next year, “just go all in!”
Guess what, this is exactly want most of us do. I am just as guilty.
Mindful Eating Tips on During Christmas Holidays/Day
(Tip #1 ) Don’t Skip Breakfast
This is a common mistake people make not just during the holiday season, but anytime an event is scheduled that involves scrumptious food. The old cliché’ is true, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. Eating a balanced breakfast boosts energy levels, revives up metabolism and helps to prevent you from showing up to the Christmas table starving! A balanced and adequate breakfast will contain calories from carbohydrates (fruit, grains and/or dairy), lean protein and heart healthy fats.
Sorry, coffee (with or without fruit) is not breakfast.
(Tip #2) Don’t “Save-Up” Calories for the Big Feast
This is another common mistake people make not just during the holiday season, but anytime an event is scheduled that involves scrumptious food. Attempting to ‘save-up’ calories for the big Christmas meal is a sure-fire recipe to overeat! You never want to show up to the table starving beyond imagination. You will eat more calories because the brain has been deprived of nutrients (primarily carbs) all day. The goal to staying on track is to treat Christmas dinner just like any other meal. When food is given power because you only eat it once a year, it becomes an “all or nothing” situation. Meaning, I must eat it all right now! Enjoy all your holiday favorites, but also learn to listen to your body for fullness. Make a plate for leftovers later to help avoid overeating.
(Tip #3) Don’t Go Back for Seconds
It is very common to pile more food on our plate during the holidays. Rightfully so, many of the items on the menu are usually only prepared for the Christmas feast. When there is so much good food to choose from, we want a smorgasbord board of everything! When everything tastes good, we eat fast and we don’t give our stomach signals a chance to tell our brain – “I am stuffed”. Going back for seconds is usually when we shift from maintaining our weight to overeating and gaining weight. In most cases, going back for seconds leads to a domino effect of going back for more and more. After the first plate, sit for a while and fellowship with family and friends to give the brain a chance to register fullness. Again, make a plate for leftovers later to help avoid overeating.