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.