Mindful eating is about awareness. When you eat mindfully, you slow down, pay attention to the food you’re eating, and savor every bite. Dr. Susan Albers, author, psychologist
I’m a couple of holiday parties down with several more festivities on my calendar. My Health Coach is helping me to be mindful about the party food including sugar, carbs, fat, and alcohol. In addition, I’m embracing these tips—are you with me?
- Don’t show up hungry. Eat something nutritious before the party and you’ll be less tempted. I plan to grab a few almonds, a spoonful of peanut butter, or a piece of fruit.
- Be clear about your health goals. Now is a good time to review your plan. Mine plan is to lose weight by reducing my food consumption, eat more healthy protein, and maintain my exercise program. What are your intentions?
- Stay hydrated. Drinking water positively affects your overall health, your cognitive function, concentration and alertness. I will continue to start my day with a full glass of water then add at least seven more before dinner.
- Enjoy. When you do indulge, notice what it is you are eating, be mindful of the texture and taste, and really enjoy the experience. If the first bite of a treat isn’t absolutely delicious, I plan to leave the rest.
Affirmation: I will eat mindfully.
Coaching questions: What’s your holiday eating plan? What will you do to enjoy the season and take care of your health at the same time?