12 Tips for Mindful Eating During the Holidays


Ah, the holiday season. A time of year when indulgence abounds. Along with parties, gifts, and decorations, the festive season tends to be associated with food. It can be easy to get so caught up in celebratory feasts and nostalgic treats that we lose track of regular, balanced meals and the other healthy eating habits that serve us so well the rest of the year.

“Overeating a bit over the holidays is very normal and not something to freak out about,” says Rachael Hartley, RD, the owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition and author of Gentle Nutrition who is based in Lexington County, South Carolina. “We have food-related celebrations and connections, and sometimes eating a little more than you normally would is a fun part of celebrating.” What’s more important, she says, is enjoying those moments of excess without feeling guilty. Mindful eating is a tool that can help you do that.

Paying more attention to what, when, and how you eat allows you to better tune in to your body’s true physiological hunger cues and make choices that keep your energy and spirits up. You’ll even savor your food more, whether it’s an extra Christmas cookie or a kale salad.



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