Be truly mindful this Christmas
I used to think ‘mindful eating’ means just not eating any treats at all. But on my journey of discovering healthy food I have found out that it actually just means to change your mindset AND start thinking about what we eat and why (and how it makes us feel afterwards).
I love healthy fresh food. I love the taste and I love that I feel energised by it and not sluggish or heavy or even guilty. But I know sometimes only some crisps or chocolate will do. I have learned that that is ok. But I very actively think about what I want to eat and how I can minimise the affect it has on my body (and mindset) after I have eaten it. I want to enjoy it. I don’t want to put too many unhealthy things into my body because I know it makes me feel bad and in turn guilty. I love chocolate. But these days I only eat good quality, very dark (80-90% cocoa solids) chocolate. The great thing is I only need one or two squares and then my craving is satisfied. The darker the chocolate the less sugar content it has, which is the important thing to me. It is quite high in fat but that’s ok (if you don’t eat the whole bar!). Our bodies actually need (healthy) fat to function properly but we do not need any added refined sugar!
Because of the news today that obesity is one of the biggest health threats to women and future generations I had to think about Christmas and the onslaught of food most of us are faced with. But with just some small changes we can still enjoy lovely festive food and be aware of how much we are actually eating and the big strain it puts on our bodies and overall health. Let’s face it…it’s not just at Christmas time when most of us overindulge…it’s birthdays and work do’s, and before we know it all the extra food (& drink for that matter) is creeping up on us.
Portion sizes make a very big difference. Look at your plate and decide what you’re going to eat and how much. Don’t let anybody tell you you need to have seconds or more gravy on your Christmas turkey! You are in control. If you know you will be eating turkey sandwiches later just stick with one plate of main and load up on the veggies! If you know you will be attacking the chocolates again later don’t have a big slice of Christmas Cake for pudding. Chances are you will still have cake left over the next day so no need to have a big piece, better to have a small one and then you can think about having another small one the next day.
Also think about how much alcohol you are drinking. Make sure you drink water in between each glass of wine and don’t let anybody top up your glass, finish one glass at a time so you know how much you’ve had. A glass of sparkling water with a dash of lime is lovely and refreshing.
And last but not least – keep moving! Get outside for some fresh air everyday over Christmas and go for a brisk walk or play football/ tennis/ anything active (if you have kids I bet they will love it, and you could have a dance off too!)
You will be very smug in January when your jeans don’t feel tight and I promise you you will feel much better over Christmas too.
I hope you will have a lovely Christmas!
(For more ideas and healthy recipes checkout www.healthyfood.co.uk)
(Picture taken from fancylists.com)