As the holiday party winds down, you find yourself in a post-feast daze. The dog is eyeing the roast beef leftovers, Aunt Millie's busting out dance moves, and you're contemplating a third helping of pie. In the middle of this delightful chaos, let's hit pause for a reality check. Gratitude, connections, and mindful bites – they're not just ingredients; they're the secret sauce to surviving and savouring the holiday mayhem. Here's your no-nonsense guide to navigating holiday party food like a mindful eating pro:
A sprinkle of gratitude makes everything taste better (even Aunt Millie's mystery casserole). Infuse gratitude into every holiday aspect, from meal prep to enjoying festive dishes.
Action: Before diving into holiday preparations, jot down three things you're grateful for. Carry this positive mindset into your cooking and festivities.
Amidst the hustle and copious amounts of food, we forget that the holidays are an opportunity to focus on connecting and being present with others. Engage in meaningful conversations—ask about holiday plans, unearth embarrassing stories, or debate the eternal question: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?
Action: Initiate a holiday conversation jar. It's like a potluck of good vibes, but instead of dishes, everyone tosses in their juiciest, funniest, or most bizarre moments from the year.
Tune into your body periodically. Set intentions for how you want to feel and pause during the festivities to check in with your hunger and fullness. Instead of devouring that pie like you're training for the dessert Olympics, remind yourself that holiday treats are abundant, and there's no rush to consume everything at once. Choose the treats mindfully and focus on feeling good, not perfection.
Action: Schedule breaks during the celebration to check in with your body (it may help to set a gentle reminder on your phone to pause during the celebration). Take a deep breath, then take a moment to ask yourself how you're feeling, both physically and emotionally. Adjust your eating pace accordingly.
It's not a race to the last gingerbread cookie. When indulging in holiday feasts, savour every bite. Start with your favourite, embrace the aromas, take small bites, and appreciate the textures. Pause between bites to truly relish the experience.
Action: Create a small plate with a variety of holiday delicacies. Before adding more to your plate, savour each bite intentionally. Rate the flavours and textures to heighten the sensory experience.
In the whirlwind of holiday festivities, just remember: gratitude, connections, and mindful bites will be your sidekicks in navigating the festive food frenzy. Here's to a season filled with pie, laughter, and maybe a side of awkward family photos.