Five Tips for Holiday Eating

I cannot wait for our family to gather over the holidays. The children are already home from university, my parents will stay with us for a few days, my sister and her family will join, I simply love the holiday season and celebrating with family and friends. And in our house, we celebrate with food: we rummage through traditional recipes, try new ones, and many meals are two or three course events. My daughters love cooking and baking as much as I do, so I cannot wait to prepare lots of delicacies together.

Am I worried about the amounts of food, the calories and a couple of more pounds on my hips afterwards. Who isn’t? So here are five simple rules I try to adhere to over the next couple of weeks:

  1. Be realistic. I won’t lose weight over the holidays but I can try to maintain my current weight.
  2. Be picky. I eat only what I love and leave the rest.
  3. Don’t feel guilty. If I overeat at one meal, I just take it easy on the next one. After all, it’s holiday season and food is a large part of it.
  4. Eat mindfully. I focus on what I am eating and if we eat out, I smell and taste each dish consciously (remember, I only eat those I love) and try to uncover spices and other ingredients used.
  5. Plan time for exercise. I try not to skip my regular exercise routine during the holidays but on the occasional day it might only be a couple of brisk walks.

Posted on December 21, 2015 by Luitgard Holzleg

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