Mindful Holiday Eating

Mindful Holiday Eating
A table of goodies can still make Mindful Eating a reality!

Mindful holiday eating is the perfect topic for the upcoming holiday season!

Not only do we get to celebrate with family and friends, we also get to eat lots of yummy food. That’s why I wanted to do this week’s post all about mindful eating. It’s so important when you think about yourself as a whole and holistic being. What we put into our body is what we get out, at the end. Trust me, I’ve learned that lesson the hard way so many times. So, let’s get into it! 

Mindful Eating-Drinks

Let’s be honest, having some fun drinks is a staple of any holiday get-together! It doesn’t have to be “adult” but it can be if you want. I love a cold beer or cocktail, but if that’s not your thing, a fresh, cold fizzy punch is ALWAYS a great pick! You can even combine the two if you want. The possibilities are endless. Just have fun and get creative 🙂

Mindful Food Choices

It’s never the holiday season without some DELICIOUS food. While the temptation to gorge yourself is always a fun idea, think about it holistically. Do you want to be cramped up and sick later on in the evening? Probably not. So here’s what I suggest. Take a little bit of each thing that you like, on your plate. Start there. Eat all of that, if you can, and then wait about 20 minutes. That’s the rule of thumb for your mind to tell your body if you’re full. If you still feel a bit hungry, go up for things like the veggies/salad, or something light. Try not to go for seconds on the heavier foods like meat and potatoes. 

What would work even better is to try and have a good glass of water, if you still feel hungry. After all, sometimes we all mistake “hunger” for being thirsty. This will also keep you mindful of your hunger cues which will keep you feeling healthy, and hopefully not sick, while also keeping you full and satiated. 

Mindful Desert Choices

The deserts are another way to get a bit off track, when it comes to mindful eating. It’s okay to indulge your sweet tooth, in fact, I encourage it, but in half portions. For instance, ask for just one cream puff instead of two, or half a slice of cheesecake. Heck, split the slice with a family member, friend, or significant other, if they like the same thing. Again, it’s about eating what you like, but also keeping mindful of not just what you’re eating, but also, how much. 

Mindful After Eating

We will probably all over-indulge just a bit over this holiday season. That’s okay. It happens to the most mindful eaters. So what can you do, if the tummy decides to get a bit grumbly, later in the night? Ginger tea is a wonderful way to tame that tummy grumble, and even some good old fashioned water! If you have heartburn, I suggest a quarter teaspoon of baking soda in an 8 ounce glass of water. Drink that all down. It will taste like crap, but I promise you that it works! Whatever you do,  don’t have any additional soda, or alcohol. It will make things worse! 

Well, I think that about covers it, for this week. I hope this episode on mindful eating was helpful and gave you some great tips for this upcoming holiday season. Go and enjoy your food with family and friends, but be mindful. Also, a call to action, take your plate and start with half portions. You’d be surprised how it adds up to keeping you feel satiated. 

If you want some more information about mindful eating during the holidays, check out this great article from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health about 8 Mindful Eating Tips for The Holidays. I love Kripalu, and their message!

You may need some rest after a good meal. Meditation is a great way to express gratitude. Check out my review of the Calm App!

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