By Andrea Schrage, MA, LAPC,CMT and Molly Keeton, Ph.D.
The holidays are an emotional time and often a time of overeating. As family and friends come together, food is often the focus of celebrations. Below are some tips to think about during holiday dining. Allowing yourself to enjoy food during the holiday season is a great option when it is a conscious choice.
Ask yourself if you are hungry.
Take a breath before reaching for food.
Ask yourself how you feel in that moment.
Imagine tasting the food in front of you and decide
if it is really what you want.
When allowing yourself to indulge, plan some limits ahead of time.
Drink plenty of water.
Don’t skip meals to make up for too many sweets.
Be compassionate with yourself and your choices.
Eat regular meals and healthy snacks to avoid being over-hungry.
Prepare a list of alternatives to eating.
Make healthier versions of favorite recipes.
Make room for emotional support.
Read this list before going to events.
Remember that most often finding a balance in life is a healthy goal to obtain.