Stuffed. Like a turkey.
That’s how many of us have felt after a day of Christmas dining, what with lunches here, dinners there, and leftovers overflowing from the fridge.
Faced with another Christmas season its easy to feel a little uncomfortable before the dining even starts…
Will I overeat this year?
How do I say no when people keep insisting I try their nibbles/main/dessert?
How do I deal with so many parties and meals in such a short time-frame?
Well the answer is simple. So simple.
The Life-Changing Magic of Focusing on One Thing at a Time
Not to be confused with Marie Kondo’s life-changing magic of tidying up… this is kinda the same but different.
Because we’re going to take the whole Kondo method, of paring down to essentials, and apply that to our Christmas meals.
No you don’t have to fold your socks the way Kondo said (I don’t understand the sock-thing).
And no you don’t have to follow my guidelines if you don’t want to.
But I’m going to bet my next Starbucks chai latte (soy milk please), that 9 out of 10 non-diet nutritionists will tell you this very same thing.
Focus on your fullness.
Non-Diet Nutritionist Approved Christmas Tip – Focus On Your Fullness
Remember the stuffed turkey from last year?
You do not want to be the stuffed turkey this year (kidding!).
But seriously, one of the biggest complaints we hear from friends and others, is that we just eat “too much”.
There’s so much food and so much to eat. And so eat it, we do.
So let’s approach Christmas meals with a happy heart, allow ourselves to enjoy the foods we love and let our only intuitive eating focus be “fullness”.
As in, make tuning into your fullness your #1 goal for the Christmas season.
Every snack, every nibble, every entree, every main, every dessert – check with your fullness?
Am I full?
Am I nearly full?
If I eat this will I be too full to enjoy that lovely looking dessert over there?
Remember to check in with your fullness levels during a meal, try these tips:
- Stop eating half way through the plate, check your fullness levels.
- Only load up a small plate from the buffet, so you can remember to check your fullness level as you go back to the buffet to get more.
- Put your knife and fork down occasionally throughout the meal to chat with others, check in with your fullness.
- Chew every mouthful, there’ll be plenty more food to eat, so don’t rush to get through this plate load.
Here’s the good news – if you eat past fullness the world won’t end.
Have you watched what your kids do after a big meal or a birthday party? They naturally eat less at the next meal, or even the next day.
If you tune into your body’s cues you’ll do the same.
But for now – be in the moment with each meal.
Focus singularly on your fullness.
You’re going to enjoy your Christmas meals, the socialising, the gifting and gratitude, so much more if you don’t feel like a stuffed turkey.
Want to remind yourself about the other tips I suggested for the holiday season? Check out these 8 Intuitive Eating Tips To Make You A Healthy Eating Pro These Holidays.