Mindfulness encompasses the ability to give attention to what is happening while it is happening. The holidays are a time for us to take a break from our day-to-day and focus on friends and family.
Many people struggle with their relationships with food throughout the holidays, which creates additional stress related to social gatherings. Using tools that enhance nutrition mindfulness can help you enjoy food without feeling guilty or pressured during holiday social engagements. Mindful eating is not about denying food, but instead, it is all about enjoying whatever we eat. The Health Promotion team suggests three easy tips to practice mindful nutrition throughout the holidays.
Implementing basic mindfulness tools to improve your nutrition quality throughout the holidays can help you avoid psychological pitfalls. The bottom line is to eat in moderation and continue engaging in physical activity during the holidays to offset the negative emotional and physical impact of distracted eating behaviors associated with anxiety, overeating, and weight gain. For more information on being healthy throughout the holidays, contact your local Health Promotion office.
Holidays focus on food, family, friends, and celebration, which can include overindulging in alcohol. This can make staying sober and making low-risk choices extremely difficult.
This year consider some simple tips to help you manage holiday spending and avoid New Year surprises.