By Diana Breault
DHAC Weight Loss Motivator
During the holiday season, people begin to creep into the category known as “Overeaters Anonymous.” These people usually practice mindful eating, but do not seem to practice good self control during the holiday season.
A meal that was first thought out to include one slice of roast beef, a scoop of mashed potatoes, 1 serving of eggplant calzone, and a bowl of salad soon turns into a week’s worth of calories consumed on one winter’s night! Before you know it, you are lying on the coach, moaning in pain from eating too much and slipping into a food coma.
So how and why do we let ourselves get to this point? Well first off, there are plenty of excuses that people allow themselves. I bet you know them. They are usually along the lines of “Well I don’t want to hurt grandma’s feelings for not eating her cheesecake,” or “I’ve been so good all year. I can splurge tonight.”
A red flag should be going up as soon as these words leave your lips. Making excuses for yourself to overeat is unacceptable. Turn it around and make it an accomplishment for yourself and instead say, “Hey, it’s Christmas and I didn’t even have a slice of chocolate pie” and leave it at that.
Also, if you are coming from a family that LOVES to talk, you can sometimes become preoccupied in conversation. Before you know it, you consumed your body’s weight in Hershey’s kisses. Slide the bowl out of reach and then converse. Making an extra effort to reach for the food item may cause you to grab it less often if at all.
Be sure to keep in mind on how you feel. Rate yourself on a comfort level. For example, put yourself in a category once your meal is finished: Are you still hungry? Comfortable? Comfortably full? Full? Stuffed? In pain? Be sure to stay at a comfortable setting. It’s no fun hanging around a dinner table with your pants unbuttoned.
Did you stay mindful about overeating during the holidays? If so, how?