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My Mantra - Embrace Intuitive Eating This Holiday Season

As the festive season approaches, so does the temptation to succumb to the pressures of diet culture. The holiday season is traditionally a time of joy, celebration, and indulgence, but for many, it also brings anxiety about food choices and body image. Let's explore the concept of intuitive eating and how it can be a liberating and empowering approach during the holidays.

The Pitfalls of Holiday Dieting: The holiday season is often associated with delicious, indulgent meals, and it's only natural to want to partake in the festivities. However, many fall into the trap of restrictive dieting during this time, setting unrealistic expectations and creating unnecessary stress. The focus on "clean eating" or avoiding certain foods can lead to feelings of guilt and anxiety, overshadowing the joyous atmosphere of the season.

Embracing Intuitive Eating: Intuitive eating is a mindset that encourages intuitive eating and rejects the restrictive nature of traditional diets. Instead of viewing food through the lens of guilt or restriction, non-dieting promotes a positive and balanced relationship with food. Here are a few ways you can embrace intuitive eating during the holiday season:

  1. Mindful Eating: Cultivate mindfulness around your meals. Pay attention to the flavors, textures, and aromas of the food you're enjoying. This allows you to savor each bite and be more attuned to your body's hunger and fullness cues.

  2. Permission to Indulge: Give yourself permission to indulge in your favorite holiday treats without guilt. Remember, moderation is key, and enjoying special foods is a normal part of the holiday experience.

  3. Listen to Your Body: Tune into your body's signals. Eat when you're hungry, and stop when you're satisfied. This intuitive approach allows you to nourish your body without fixating on external rules or restrictions.

  4. Celebrate Without Guilt: The holidays are a time of celebration, and that includes celebrating with food. Instead of feeling guilty about indulging, focus on the joy and connection that comes with sharing meals with loved ones.

  5. Shift the Focus: Instead of fixating on the scale or counting calories, shift your focus to the experiences and memories you're creating during the holidays. Engage in activities that bring you joy, and remember that food is just one aspect of the celebration.

Maybe you have found this topic of intuitive eating helpful as you find your mindset going into the holidays, to allow you to fully embrace the joy of the festivities without the unnecessary stress of strict food rules. By practicing mindful eating, you give yourself permission to indulge, and listening to your body, you can create a positive and empowering relationship with food during the most wonderful time of the year. Let the holidays be a time of celebration, connection, and self-compassion, free from the diet restraints.


Happy Holidays,

Candice


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