Mindful Approach to Eating

It’s no secret that the holidays can be an overwhelming time of year when it comes to food and overeating. Irresistible dishes, homemade desserts, and seasonal delicacies drive many of us to splurge because this wonderful time of the year only happens once.

However, it is possible to eat healthy during the holidays, if you take a mindful approach. Mindful eating is a technique that incorporates awareness and knowledge about the foods you consume. This isn’t necessarily a diet trick, but a lifestyle approach that allows your mind to follow your gut.

Mindful eating can be challenging at times, but taking a mindful approach to holiday eating is important for your health.

  1. Ask yourself questions. A helpful question to ask yourself is whether you are really craving the food in front of you? Or do you just want it because it’s easily accessible? Asking questions before consuming food can increase your awareness and, in turn, help you make better choices.
  2. Increase your food IQ. Talking with a wellness professional or even doing research online to be knowledgeable about what you’re eating can go a long way toward dissuading you from making a poor choice. For instance, holiday cookies might not seem as appetizing after researching the effects of artificial flavoring and sugar on your body.
  3. Overcome the cycles. Break negative cycles of behavior or faulty thought patterns, like those that many have in connection with making and breaking New Year’s resolutions. Ask yourself: How do I feel after heavy eating? How does this affect my digestion and energy levels? What’s a realistic step toward better change? Identifying practical steps before you take action will result in again making better choices – more than a passing resolution.
  4. Avoid feeling pressured. It’s okay to say no and turn down the plethora of dishes your host has prepared. Take the approach of “I’ve enjoyed every bite, but I don’t think I can take another.”

Shell Point Retirement Community offers an array of resort-style dining options across its six onsite restaurants. Each dining venue brings varied options to the table, from gourmet to casual dining. All restaurants are open to the public.