Mindful Eating During the Holidays

This time of year we seem to lose all train of thought. We tend to be so caught up with being a part of everything going on around us. It all seems to start right at Halloween. Before you know it, it’s Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now we’re in to the countdown for Christmas. With all of this hustle and bustle, we seem to lose it all. Especially when it comes to eating. There’s a party at the office, at the gym, at your church or synagogue, your house, the neighbors, family, friends. Food is everywhere, tastings everywhere. You can’t seem to get away from it. We had so much food left over after Thanksgiving that I made turkey pot pies as parting gifts to family. Turkey Pot Pie

What I have realized during this time is people, myself included, tend to eat so mindlessly. This mindless state of what we think is all in “celebration” is what leads to some form of depression, emotional eating, a health issue such as high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes and weight gain.

What we need to begin to practice is mindful eating. Mindful eating is the practice of deliberately paying attention, non-judgmentally. It’s really focusing on being in the present moment when around food. It’s tapping into yourself and your environment emotionally, mentally, physically and even spiritually. This is not an easy practice and it does take time. However, when practiced on a daily basis, you will soon discover that all that food around all those tables is far too over-rated. You’ll learn how to make healthful food choices while enjoying it and the people you are around.

I am going to spend a few posts on mindful eating, helping you discover what type of eater you are and provide principles and tips that will empower you to live a more healthful and vibrant life.


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