My Nourishing & Pleasurable Approach to Holiday Eating
I want to share with you the simple things I did at Thanksgiving and will continue to practice at every holiday party and celebration this season. This nourishing and pleasurable approach can be used at holiday parties or any time you find yourself celebrating! Here are three simple things you can do to truly enjoy the food you are eating without scarfing the entire cheese plate or eating until your belly hurts at the holiday dinner table:
1. CROWD OUT the less than healthy foods you may be tempted to eat with delicious, nourishing foods before the holiday party or big meal begins. When you make the choice to fill yourself up with satisfying, satiating foods before the party or feast, you will simply not feel the need to overindulge. To be on the safe side, check in with yourself before going to your holiday parties this weekend. If you're hungry, enjoy a healthy snack (nuts & dried fruit, an apple with almond butter) and enjoy a tall glass of water so you feel full and ready to focus on the party and connecting with your friends.
2. BRING ALL OF YOUR SENSES TO YOUR HOLIDAY MEAL OR PARTY so that you are able to fully enjoy the sights, smells, tastes, and feel of celebrating and breaking bread with the people you love. Instead of mindlessly plopping everything you see on your plate, survey all of the food before you.
What looks truly delicious to you? What will feel best in your body today?
Be picky about what you choose to put on your plate, feeling clear that you only go for the foods that look tasty and nourishing to you. Once you have this food on your plate, breathe in the enticing scents, see how beautiful everything looks, and then enjoy every single bite. Eat slowly, enjoying the tastes and textures of the food. Enjoy great conversation with your family and friends. Talk about things that you love, that stimulate new awareness, and anchor you in that for which you are grateful. Thank those who prepared the meal and put your napkin on your plate when you're done so that you and those joining you see that you have completed your meal.
3. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION to eat your favorite foods during the holidays, even those indulgent ones. I know that whenever I feel like I am depriving myself, I want to eat a pint of Ben & Jerry's. I learned that I don't need to deprive myself and that I can rather thoughtfully choose my favorite holiday indulgences in moderation (as long as they only make up about 20% of my diet this month - more than that becomes problematic!).
So, enjoy that piece of pie or childhood favorite Christmas cookie.
Savor it. Slowly.
And feel gratitude for a body that feels so good because you are choosing to take care of it. Even during the season when the Sugar Plum Fairy reigns.