Despite my love for this holiday, I do know it can be easy to get lost in the chaos, especially for an intuitive eater in training. I can understand that the whole thought of sitting down to a Thanksgiving feast might be intimidating. Maybe you still have some food fear and haven’t fully allowed all foods into your life yet.
Well, I’m here to help you because I don’t want you to let yourself feel out of “control” this year. It’s time to start your holiday season off on the right foot! Make this the year that you conquer your dieting habits and turn to intuitive and mindful eating for a body you love.
Engaging in mindful eating can be the perfect way to help you enjoy Thanksgiving this year. Here are four tips to help you stay mindful.
1. Stay fully conscious. It’s easy to lose yourself in all the food, conversation and football. If you maintain an awareness of your food choices, amount of food you are serving yourself and eating, you can avoid overindulging. This can be difficult in a social situation, but if you set your intentions out in the morning, you can do it!
2. Serve small portions. With a holiday that only comes once a year, you can easily serve yourself large portions of your favorite dishes. You may even fall prey to “my eyes are bigger than my stomach”. Start with small portions to avoid overeating yet still satisfies your craving. If you are still hungry you could always have more.
3. Listen to your body. Do you belong to the “clean your plate club”? This year commit to staying present and listening to your body’s signals as you are getting satiated. Stop eating when you feel comfortable, you can always wrap up the rest of your food and take it home. If you do this, you will be able to enjoy your favorites when you get hungry again.
4. Pace Yourself. During the meal, pacing yourself is key. Put your fork down and spend time talking to relatives in-between bites. This allows your brain to register the food that is entering your stomach. Your body will be able to signal when you are satisfied and have eaten enough.
The holidays can be a difficult time for someone who has just started on the intuitive eating journey. Resisting the urge to overeat can be hard to overcome. But you can do it!
Still looking for more ways to have a mindful Thanksgiving? Start your day off with a long morning walk to kick-start your body. Also, don’t forget to eat breakfast! This will keep you satisfied and help you avoid heading into dinner starving.
Remember, the most important person is YOU. Have confidence in yourself and in your food choices that you are making to honor and respect your body. You are in the drivers seat now, you are no longer a passenger on the diet train.
If you’d like my support at any point on your journey, just reach out to me HERE.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!