November 16 2018

This week’s tip is brought to you directly from the Texas Counseling Association’s Wellness Committee. For many of us, the holiday season means family time and lots and lots of delicious foods! With Thanksgiving next week, I wanted to forward this information along as it might be helpful for some of you. (I know most of this will go in one ear and out the other for me, I love holiday food!)

Tips for eating mindfully this holiday season:

  • Take time to reflect before you eat. Notice any stress, emotions, or thoughts. This simple pause may help you to be more aware of reasons you are tempted to mindlessly overeat.
  • Sit down to eat. With all the stress of the holidays, it can be easy to eat on the go. Make sure you are setting aside time to slow down and enjoy your meals. When you slow down, you may realize you can really savor a few bites of a holiday treat and get much more satisfaction than if you mindlessly overindulge.
  • Set aside time for relaxation and quiet. Your schedule may be packed with holiday activities, so make sure you have a little peace for yourself, even if it’s for a few minutes. Caring for yourself in this way might help you realize you don’t need to seek comfort in other ways, such as through food or alcohol.
  • Think of your future self - picture yourself in January and imagine how you can be kind to your future self by taking time to focus on healthy habits now.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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