We previously talked about practicing self-love over the ever-so-challenging holiday season. Being able to strike a balance between honoring your health commitments while also allowing yourself to enjoy the delights and festivities of the season takes practice and mindfulness. Here's 5 strategies you can incorporate into your routine that can help.
1. Practice mindful awareness.
Slow down and pay attention to your eating experience. Engage all your senses by savoring the aroma, taste, and texture of each bite. Take note of how the food makes you feel physically and emotionally. Eating more slowly and mindfully may help curb your appetite and prevent over-eating.
2. Listen to hunger and fullness cues.
Eat when you're moderately hungry, and stop eating when you're comfortably satisfied but not overly full. Avoid distractions while eating such as watching tv or scrolling on your phone so you can focus on your body's cues and practice mindful awareness.
3. Choose nourishing foods.
Prioritize nutrient-dense foods that provide essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats in your meal.
4. Cultivate a non-judgmental attitude.
Avoid labeling foods as "good" or "bad." Instead, practice self-compassion and approach food choices with a non-judgmental mindset. Remember that food is meant to nourish both your body and mind, and that occasional indulgences can be a part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
5. Honor your cravings and emotions.
Understand that cravings can arise due to emotional, environmental, or physiological factors. If you find yourself eating for emotional reasons, try to identify alternative coping strategies such as practicing mindfulness, engaging in physical activity like a 20 minute walk outside, or seeking support from loved ones.
By putting these 5 strategies into play over your holiday season, you may find it easier to stick to your health goals while also allowing yourself to enjoy those favorite treats. Self-compassion is key to living a healthy life just as much as diet and exercise, so be sure to be kind to yourself - a happy balance over the holidays is attainable!