Tis the season for feasting and overindulging and making merry!
As the weather gets colder and we begin replacing our beloved tank tops with sweaters its important to remember not to replace our healthy, active warm weather living with overindulgence and sedentary living during the holidays.
I’ll be honest with you, this time of year is the most challenging for me. Wine! Cheese! Desserts! Carbs! It is just incredibly hard for me to resist all of that gastric merriment. And quite frankly, I don’t want to pass any of it up.
This year I’m working hard to get a handle on things in advance.
I recently got a chance, courtesy of Coca-Cola Live Positively, to interview Michelle May, M.D., a physician and Founder and CEO of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Workshops and author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat about this very issue. (Dr. May has been featured on Dr. Oz, Oprah Radio, and quoted by CNN Health, Fitness, Glamour, Health, Parade, Parents, Shape, Self, TIME.com, USA Weekend, and more.)
During our talk she introduced me to the concept of “mindful eating.” Mindful eating allows you to focus on the immediate effects of eating more than you needed, rather than beating yourself up over the potential long term consequences.
Mindful Eating Tips for the Holidays – By Michelle May, MD
Eat What You Love
- Break your eat-repent-repeat cycle this year. If your diet is too restrictive, you may experience feelings of deprivation and increased cravings, leading to overheating and guilt.
- Instead of rigid rules, practice balance, variety and moderation:
- Balance eating for enjoyment with eating for nourishment.
- Eat a variety of foods for interest and nutrition.
- Enjoy all your favorites in moderation.
Love What You Eat
- Mindful eating is eating with intention and attention: with purpose and awareness. For example, set an intention to feel better when you’re done than when you started. Eat with attention by minimizing distractions (TV, computer) and focusing fully on the experience of eating.
- Make eating a multi-sensory experience: appreciate the appearance, aromas, textures and flavors as you eat.
Do What You Love
- Exercise shouldn’t be punishment for eating.
- Discover the physical activities that you enjoy and fit into your lifestyle.
- Being active is a great way to spend time as a family.
Interested in learning more about what Dr. May has to say? You can win her book Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat here! Just leave me a comment naming your most tempting holiday food and you will be entered to win! I’ll draw from the names on December 3rd!
Disclosure: I was provided with an interview with Dr. May via the Coca-Cola Live Positively team. I received a copy of her book to read. No compensation was provided for this post. All opinions are my own.
UPDATE: Tiffany, you won the giveaway! I’ll contact you personally and arrange for you to receive it!