If there is one thing that is certain it's that there is always another celebration on the horizon, am I right?! Halloween, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year, Valentine's day, birthdays, anniversaries, backyard BBQs... Need I go on? Instead of fearing them because we're worried about the food we should be excited for them. And with these 5 eating tips for holidays and celebrations you will be!
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Eating Tips To Enjoy Holidays & Celebrations
#1. Eat Beforehand
It can be tempting to "cut back" on food before events where there will be food, especially when there will be a lot of it or if that food is what people would see as "unhealthy" a don't typically allow yourself to eat. However, I strongly urge you not to do this! This will only set you up to overeat when you get to the actual celebration, causing you to feel less than fab. Your body will be so hungry it's going to want to eat ALL of the things!
#2. Survey The Food
When you get to the event/celebration give the food scene a survey. Decide what food looks good to you and fill your plate with that. Sometimes we can get so overwhelmed when we just go down the line and the next thing we know we need eight arms to carry our food! Nothing wrong with filling your plate, but a lot of times we pick things we don't even really LIKE. This commonly happens when you don't do tip #1 and show up HANGRY! Then, we feel like we have to eat it all. Remember, you can always go back for more!
#3. Eat Mindfully
It's easy to get super excited, start chit-chatting, and eat on autopilot. The next thing you know you look down at your plate and are like "Where'd all the cheese ball go?!" Instead, allow yourself to eat mindfully and truly experience your food without guilt. What does it looks like? Smell like? Taste like? Does the fourth bite taste as amazing as the first? This will help you pay closer attention to your hunger and fullness and actually reduce guilt because you're allowing yourself to enjoy the food- which you deserve to! I have another post on my top 10 mindful eating exercises and another on how to stop feeling guilty after eating.
#4. Use The Hunger Scale
There is a tool that I use in my own life and that I teach my clients how to use to help them prevent over and under eating: the hunger scale. This is a guide to help you avoid feeling food coma-ed and also to prevent hanger (which leads to more over eating!) Snag a copy of my hunger scale in my free e-book, The Ultimate 5 Step Guide To Food Freedom and use it at your next par-tay to leave feeling amazing! I also have a YouTube video where I walk you through how to use the hunger scale.
#5. Don't Dwell On Your Food Choices
If there is ONE tip you take from all of these and put into play, let it be this one: Move. On. Don't beat yourself up for feeling like you ate the entire cookie tray or twice as much mashed potatoes as cousin Katie. What will that do for you? Nothing. Instead, resume your regular eating pattern and don't try to restrict food. Remember that will leave you only more likely to over eat later! Also, remember the EXPERIENCE you had. When you are 99 years old do you want to remember how you ate an extra 3 cookies, or how many memories you made? Think about that.
Put these 5 tips into play and you'll surely enjoy the next party you go to! Leave a comment with what sort of celebration you've got coming up next and which tip you're most excited to try!
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