1. Eat food.
Seriously. Make sure you have a plan to be well fed. Getting over-hungry or not having a plan for our basic meals can cause us to get hangry and leads to overeating. It also diminishes our enjoyment of the festivities.
When shopping be sure you are still getting all the staples for feeding yourself on the regular. Don’t skip meals. When planning for parties, be sure you are planning breakfast and lunch for yourself to eat BEFORE the party so you don’t end up eating everything in sight (think all the cookies) at the party.
The holidays are an extra busy time for most yet it is just as important to get in quality nutrition as any other time of the year. This means we have to be efficient and intentional in getting meals handled.
You can save time and energy by ordering from click list or avoiding the congested parking lots and grocery store all together by ordering on prime now. Consider ways to streamline meal prep by carving out time to make freezer meals with a friend, buy pre-cut veggies, or simply planning to make easy meals. The Instant Pot might just be your new best friend. Make a roast, soup or stew on Sundays so you have something ready made in the fridge….I throw in a whole chicken, make some rice and some pre-chopped veggies most weeks- it can be made into stir-fry, mexican night, curry, and even simply eaten with herbs and butter, so it goes super far in keeping me fed all week.
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2. Eat foods that are satisfying.
Again, seriously. One of my favorite principles of Intuitive Eating is discover the satisfaction factor! When we eat foods that we really love and savor them, we need less to feel satisfied.
Give yourself unconditional permission to eat and enjoy the special holiday foods you love. Rather than eating mindlessly, focus on tasting your food and being present to really experience it.
3. Honor your hunger.
Honoring our hunger means eating when you are hungry, and stopping when you are full.
This means, first and foremost, that we make our hunger a priority. Give yourself unconditional permission to eat when you are hungry. This is key to build trust and attunement with your body. The more we are in tune with and honoring our body’s needs, the less we trigger primal hunger that leads to overeating. You can get my free hunger scale here to learn how to use THIS VALUABLE TOOL.
4. Honor your food needs.
You deserve to feel well, making your unique food needs a priority is an act of self-care. It’s important to honor your body by being sure there will be food you will feel good eating.
Plan ahead and bring food you know works for you. If you have any food intolerances or know you feel better eating particular types of food, its ok to ask what will be served.
Contact the host before the gathering to let them know that you have special food circumstances, ask them to provide you with an idea of what will be served. Tell them they don't need to do anything special but that you want to be prepared. Bring a dish that is complete enough to get you through the party.
5. Make it special without food.
Find traditions that light you up, bring you joy, and get you in the holiday spirit without needing food to feel good. If we are satisfied in life, we will not need to rely so much on food for satisfaction. Some simple just beautiful traditions to consider-
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The first step to healing our relationship with food is reconnecting with the signals our body gives us. One of the ways to do that is by checking in with your hunger before you eat. Here's my spin on the traditional hunger scale.