Make Mindful Eating a Part of Your New Year’s Eve Celebration

Throughout December, CVMG has provided useful information and guidance on the topic of mindful eating.

In case you missed it, you still can check out our Dec. 8th webinar on mindful eating!

As 2021 winds down, mindful eating remains an important subject. The holiday season is a great time for special gatherings and celebrations of all the things we are thankful for this year.

Remember, as you prepare to ring in the 2022 with your loved ones, family or friends, you still can have fun while taking a healthy approach to the food and beverages that most likely will be a focal point of the party.

Here are a few tips to help you make smart choices on New Year’s Eve:

• Eat normally throughout the day. Avoid the urge to “under-eat” in hopes of allowing yourself room to consume extra calories during a party or gathering. This strategy tends to backfire and results in over-eating.

• Plan your plate. Survey the holiday spread before you get in line with your plate! Then, make sure to fill at least half of your plate with more healthy options such as veggies. Sure, you can use the other half to grab a few of the more enticing food options.

• Take small bites and chew your food. Simple advice, but it can pay off. Take time to savor what you eat. Enjoy it. Eat less.

• Cut back on how much alcohol you consume. Too much beer, wine or hard liquor tends to lower inhibitions and leads to the urge to overeat. Drink plenty of water.

• Pace yourself. There probably will be a lot of appealing options. You don’t have to sample all of these in one trip through the line. Take your time and make smart choices.

So, as one year ends and another is about to begin, take time to count your blessings and make a commitment to follow a healthy path in 2022.