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Eat Mindfully to Avoid Holiday-Stress-Related Overeating

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Dawn Wolfe

Ah, the holidays! That time of year when the days have gotten so much shorter while our list of things to do, places to go, and people to see becomes (at least) twice as long. Not to mention all of those exhortations we hear, from the radio to the mall to Aunt Edith's house, to “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!”

Between holiday busyness, holiday stress and all of those extra occasions involving food it can be hard for even the most committed person to stick to a healthy meal plan.

So what's a health-conscious person to do? One tactic that will help you avoid too many extra calories – while enjoying the ones you do eat – is a practice called eating mindfully. Better yet, mindful eating can encourage us to be more mindful at other times as well – and mindfulness is a fantastic stress-buster.

How is it done? First, by doing your best to be aware of every bite. Not in terms of calories, either – mindful eating is a process of feeling the textures of the food and drink we consume, appreciating the tastes, and being thankful for the bounty of the season. When we slow down, practice gratitude, and truly enjoy our food we don't just enjoy the experience more, we also become more aware when we've had enough.

Mindful eating is also about relaxation. This isn't a race, it's a snack or a meal – inhale, exhale, take a few moments between bites. Take in the scene, the people, the conversation and the scents around you. Let your food be part of your overall experience of the moment instead of shoveling it in to get past the meal portion of the event as soon as possible.

Finally, remember that you don't have to eat a full portion of everything that's on offer. Take your time making your food selections – what will taste wonderful to you now, keep you energized for the rest of your day or evening, and leave you feeling your best even later? It's OK to eat one cookie, or half a piece of even your mother's pie.

These are our ideas about mindful eating – for more, visit Cooking Light's excellent article on the topic. And don't forget, RydeOn is here for you with classes to fit your schedule around the holidays – just click here and we'll help you work off even the most enjoyable holiday calories!

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