Mindful Eating for the Holidays

October through December is a tough time of the year for many people to maintain healthy eating habits. We have so much temptation from pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween candy, pies, copious amounts of potatoes and food in general. Cocktail parties seem to occur every weekend and it is hard to stay away from the food table.

This is the perfect time of year to practice mindful eating. Mindful eating is not a diet and doesn’t require you to deprive yourself. In fact, when we eat mindfully we enjoy food so much more, and feel better.   How many times have you had an extra serving or one more dessert and hated the way you felt? Mindful eating helps us avoid this.

With mindful eating we can tune into what our body needs to feel happy. Usually it is healthful food – sometimes it is dessert. But falling into a guilt trap about what you are eating will only send you spinning in circles of deprivation and overconsumption.

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