Mindful eating during the holiday season

One of the most important parts of any celebration is FOOD! Holidays are one of our favourite times to eat. Every place we go, every relative or friend we meet has delicious food to offer which can be tempting and make us overindulge .It is possible enjoy the festivities around us without gaining weight. Lets see how

And here are a collections of tips that can help-

  1. Since you already expect to be served awesome food, plan your holiday eating strategy ahead of time and follow it. Some good strategies include using small plates, eating soups/salads before the main course or taking a glass of water before meals.
  2. When you eat, eat mindfully. enjoy each bite. Put your fork down between bites. Focus on the flavour and enjoy what you’re eating.
  3. To cut down on the lure of the food, never go to any party or gathering on an empty stomach- have a healthy snack before going out.
  4. Skipping meals during the day may result in overeating. It is especially important to have breakfast, as research shows that those who eat this important morning meal tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day –so party or no party having a wholesome breakfast is a must.
  5. Take sensible portions so you don’t end up eating too much-Instead of piling your plate with things that don’t really excite your taste buds pick only the foods that give you true enjoyment.
  6. No matter how busy you are- squeeze in at least one or two workouts a week – Instead of sticking to the same 30-minute jog or routine gym session, find new ways to move that sound fun to you and your family.
  7. Sleep deprivation and stress are expected on those special days. Adequate sleep is associated with better stress-management abilities and a healthy balance of hunger. Inadequate sleep could lead to changes in appetite and mood.
  8. Limit alcohol. When you reach the gathering, start with a low-calorie, non-alcoholic drink. This will help quench your thirst. Alternating alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic ones is a good idea to avoid the binge.
  9. Taking light meals the next day of a huge feast can help.
  10. Finally, holiday is not a time to make strict rules. Give yourself permission to enjoy the indulgence guilt-free. Eat a variety of foods, but be careful with portions, and then remember to get back on track with your normal eating routine the very next day.

https://www.realsimple.com/health/nutrition-diet/healthy-eating/eat-healthy-during-holidays

https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/top-25-tricks-eating-light-during-holidays

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/thinking-about-kids/201311/enjoying-holiday-eating

http://www.eatingwell.com/article/290601/smart-ways-to-eat-healthy-during-the-holidays/

https://greatist.com/eat/holiday-healthy-eating-tips

https://familydoctor.org/tips-eating-healthy-holidays/

https://www.eatright.org/health/lifestyle/holidays/how-to-enjoy-the-holiday-without-the-weight-gain

By,

Dr. Afroze Fatima

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