Mindful Eating Tips for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is right around the corner, and with it comes the meals. While holiday meals can be full of love and joy, they can also be stressful for some individuals. Below are some mindful eating tips that can help you celebrate the holidays while also prioritizing self-care.

  1. Stick to normal eating habits. The holidays are not the time to significantly alter your eating habits. Don’t skip food early in the day to save room for the big holiday meal. Eat consistently and mindfully.
  2. Listen to your body. Healthy and mindful eating patterns come from enjoying all food groups and paying attention to hunger and fullness cues. Remember that all foods fit into healthy eating. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full.
  3. Practice mindful eating. Be present during meals. Slow down and enjoy your food. Have conversations with people you enjoy and talk about culinary traditions in your community. Notice how the conversations and food make you feel.
  4. Get your blood pumping. Health isn’t only about nutrition; physical activity is another important way to practice health. Enjoy the food, festivities, and people that come with the holidays, while including enjoyable activities.
  5. Stay hydrated. Water helps combat fatigue. Stay hydrated instead of caffeinated. Opt for water instead of coffee or soda.
  6. Enjoy your meal. Eat because you want to and are enjoying it. Don’t force yourself to eat something you don’t like. If you realize you are too full and it’s unpleasant to eat, then stop eating.
  7. You do you. What health behaviors bring you joy? Add foods you love to the menu and move in ways you enjoy over the holidays.
  8. Take a break. The holiday season can be a busy and stressful time. Find time to relax and take time for yourself during this season.