Holidays are a great time to gather with loved ones and enjoy a meal. In the midst of lively holiday conversation, it can be hard to stay aware of how much food you’re eating. Studies have found that adults gain about one pound in between November and January, and keep that pound on throughout the following year. After several years, those pounds could add up into serious weight issues.
Mindful eating is the practice of paying attention to all the tastes, colors and smells of your meal. It also involves paying attention to yourself; and what emotions could be driving your food choices. Practicing mindful eating this holiday season could help you eat less and enjoy your food more. Here are some tips for bringing mindfulness onto your plate this holiday season:
— Mary Kuzmick, MS, dietetic intern, and Debra Boutin, MS, RD, chair and dietetic internship director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.
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