The holidays are characterized by foods we typically would not consume when we are being mindful of our health. However, it is the holiday season and the time of the year we all give ourselves permission to indulge. Here are some tips to strike a balance between continuing to make healthy choices, but also enjoying the holiday season:
- Engage in mindful eating by savoring each bite. This allows for your brain to receive the signal you are full and reduces the likelihood of overeating.
- Do not skip meals! Often individuals think saving calories for the big meal will help them avoid weight gain; however, it slows down our metabolism and increases chances of overeating.
- Eat what you actually like and not just because it is convenient and right there. If it does not excite you and it is not something you would typically eat, then skip it!
- If desserts are in abundance, consider taking samples similar to what you would find at a food court in the mall. This way you can enjoy all the options without overdoing it.