If you have been following my posts, you can see I have a love for cooking - but in my office, my passion is for helping people begin to form a new relationship with food. By training, I am a Registered Dietitian and my expertise in treating eating disorders. However, in my private practice I find that so many people struggle with a wide variety of disordered eating, poor body image, and negative feelings caused by their food choices. I urge you to think about your relationship with food, and where you want it to be in the New Year. A healthy relationship allows you to eat dessert and not feel guilty, to fuel your body when hungry, and not fill up on calorie free drinks. A healthy relationship with food allows you to eat healthy balanced meals because you want to - not because it feels like an obligation.
This past holiday season, I was really touched when a new client purchased 8 sessions with me as a gift for his parents to give them the gift of starting a new relationship with food. Maybe it's time you think about yours.
I am back to cooking new things every week and this simple, well balanced, delicious meal was a winner! Curry is a super flavorful sauce to coat your protein and veggies of choice that doesn't have to add a lot of fat and calories. In this recipe greek yogurt give the dish higher protein without using cream. I also substituted a light coconut milk which worked just perfectly.
After thanksgiving this year, the discussions I hear are how badly people overate during their holiday dinners. Mindfulness is something that is within each and every one of us, but many people don't know how to listen to it. Mindfulness is when we are aware of physical hunger and fullness cues, and we don't let our emotions or distractions get in the way. At a holiday celebration, food is plentiful, conversation and noise is abundant, and we are often so focused on external cues we are not listening to our own bodies. As we approach the winter holiday season, eat slowly, notice your physical cues telling you when you are satisfied, take home foods you really want to eat but don't have room for, and say no to more food when you are feeling full.
Being aware and more mindful will prevent overeating this holiday season.