Nutrition

Savor Every Bite: Mindful Eating Strategies to Stay Present and Balanced during the Holidays

The holiday season often brings stress, which can lead to emotional eating. Practice mindfulness and stress-reduction techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. Being mindful can help you recognize when you're eating out of stress rather than hunger.

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Part 3: Savor Every Bite: Mindful Eating Strategies to Stay Present and Balanced during the Holidays

The holiday season often brings stress, which can lead to emotional eating. Practice mindfulness and stress-reduction techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. Being mindful can help you recognize when you're eating out of stress rather than hunger.

Setting Realistic Goals

Set achievable goals for the holiday season. Rather than aiming for weight loss, you might aim to maintain your weight. This can relieve some of the pressure and help you focus on moderation rather than restriction.

Support Systems

Lean on friends, family, or a support group when you're feeling tempted. Sometimes, just talking about your temptations can lessen their power. Additionally, these people can offer encouragement and remind you of your goals and progress. Incorporate Activity into Your Celebrations as much as possible!

Active Traditions

Create new traditions that involve activity. Whether it's a family football game, a post- meal walk, or a morning jog to kick off the day, these activities can offset some of the day's caloric intake and boost your mood and energy levels.

Pair Activities with Social Gatherings

Instead of traditional sit-down gatherings, consider events that involve some form of activity. Ice skating, walking through a holiday-lit park, or volunteering to set up a community event can all be festive and active ways to celebrate the season.