Eating at Christmas
Are you eating at Christmas? Well, it might be a better time to ask yourself if you are! Although we all know that eating at Christmas means that we are eating to cheer ourselves up and remember special things, not many of us are conscious of how we eat. So how can we stop being conscious about what we are eating? Here are 5 ideas for helping you avoid eating at Christmas.
Eating mindfully is an extremely important way to eat whilst also paying attention to the gift moment. Mindful eating is actually a good tool to keep up with your eating habits throughout the entire Christmas period. It will make you feel healthier, reduce binge eating and create weight loss all around. The reason for this is simple. When you are eating mindfully, there is less opportunity for all those sweet cravings to sneak their way into your brain.
Here are some tips to help you break out of your eating trance. Make sure to create a list of all the food groups that you are going to be eating. This can include dairy products, fish and meats. When you have your list, make sure that you stick to it!
Start by writing down the foods on one hand and your drink on the other. For example, if you are going to have a glass of wine, write down how much you want and how often throughout the day. If you are eating a cheese platter, then write down how many times you have had it during the day. Doing this habitually will give you a clear picture of how much you like a certain food and how often you eat it. If you like it but don’t really eat it very often then it’s probably not worth eating it on a regular basis.
Now when you are at the table with your loved ones, remember to be thoughtful. Take some time to snack on healthy nuts and chips or delicious home-made cakes and cupcakes. You can even buy some healthful chocolate for an added treat! Remember that eating in front of the TV or while watching it is only going to lead to binging later on in the evening.
When you sit down to eat, remember to first of all chew the food thoroughly before swallowing it. Secondly, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Breathe slowly and deeply and focus on every sensation that you are feeling from your stomach all the way through to your head. Try to fill your body completely and feel all the different parts of your body. If you keep doing this for 5 minutes you will find that you have more focused thoughts and can start to relax a little more easily.
Another great tip for eating at Christmas is to serve food that you can cook yourself. There is nothing worse at Christmas than getting in the kitchen and trying to bake a chocolate cake or making a pudding. A great alternative is to buy or make some really easy food that you can cook that will feed everyone. You can get away with some of these recipes with a few adjustments here and there so remember that you can’t over cook anything. Also remember that you don’t need to follow any specific diet when you are eating at Christmas. It is fine if you have alcoholic drinks or sugar drink; however, do not consume any caffeine or tobacco at all.
Lastly, it is also important that you do not eat too much during the day or you will burn out. Make sure that you take small portions throughout the day and gradually increase the size of your portions as the evening wears on. This will help you avoid any extra calorie burn off and will keep you satisfied as you enjoy your Christmas dinner. So remember, eat mindfully and you will be able to enjoy the festive season to the fullest.