By Farah Khan RDN
The Holiday Season is a festive and joyful time of year, but for many, it can also be quite stressful due to the abundance of social events and holiday food that surrounds. From holiday work parties to family get-togethers, the period between Thanksgiving and New Years can seem like an endless food festival, and weight gain during this time is not an uncommon phenomenon.
So how do you manage to enjoy the holidays without gaining unwanted weight and feeling stressed or anxious about enjoying the richer holiday fare? The key is Mindful Eating through the Holidays.
What is Mindful Eating?
In a nutshell, it is an approach to eating rather than a restriction of the types of foods you can eat. Mindful Eating involves paying attention to what you are eating and how you feel. It means making conscious choices on food and drink and listening to your sensations of hunger and satiety – fullness and satisfaction. This approach helps you make conscious decisions about what you choose to indulge in during the holidays and enjoy those items, but also register feelings of hunger and fullness so that you do not feel as if you are going overboard at any point.