Mindful Eating: How to Stop Stress Eating with Mindfulness
Implementing mindfulness into our everyday lives is a great way to increase our
awareness, gratitude, and positivity. Practicing mindfulness allows us to feel grounded
and present to overcome stressors and burdens. Another great advantage of
mindfulness is to benefit your health and eating habits. As we approach the holiday
season it’s so easy to lose sight of healthy habits between stress and the influx
indulgent treats. Here are some practical ways to approach mindful eating, to help you
enjoy the holiday season without overeating.
Take Your Time
So often we rush into our celebrations and get caught up in the chaos. By taking time to
be present and appreciate the things around you, you can catch your breath and be
intuitive about your meal. As you sit down for your meal at your family gathering, stop
and reflect on your company-take a brief moment to think something positive about
each person at the table with you. Appreciate the decorations and family traditions
surrounding your meal. Enjoy how your food looks- maybe the gravy and turkey, or the
delectable pies and cakes. Enjoy this time during your meal and in between bites,
savoring your food and respecting when you’re full. By paying special attention to how
your body’s feeling, you can set your limits without being deprived.
If eating nutritiously is your goal, make sure there will be dishes that serve this purpose.
If not, offer to bring your own. Fruit salads or winter veggie bakes are delicious and easy
ways to complement a meal. Choose to focus on foods that serve your body and your
goals. If there’s something on your plate that you don’t absolutely savor-skip it. Eating
mindlessly is an unfulfilling and unnecessary habit.
If after your meal you want dessert, never deprive yourself. Assess how you feel: Are
you too full or lethargic? Or do you truly crave something sweet? Deprivation can lead
to binging or negative thinking- it’s better to treat yourself and celebrate for the holidays
while applying the same rules of portion size and fullness. Enjoying holiday delicacies is
often a much-anticipated part of family traditions- if that is the case for you, embrace
this happiness without stifling it! Nutrition is about healthy balance, and being mindful of
your delicious dessert now can keep you on track for the future.
Mindfulness is an excellent tool for your lifestyle in many ways, especially when it
comes to stress management and healthy habits. Using mindfulness as health
motivation is a great way to practice your mindfulness and reach your wellness goals.
Use these tips to be present, healthy, and happy this holiday season.