While my little family and Teresa are making the lonngg drive to Rochester I have Olivia here to share with you some tricks to staying on track while still enjoying all the holiday goods!
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving eve!
I’m Liv and I blog over at Life As Liv. It’s my little corner in this big blog world and it’s where I have fun figuring out how to live a healthy, HAPPY lifestyle. I’d love for you to stop by! Or get in touch with me through Facebook or Twitter.
Let’s get right down to it, shall we? 😉
‘Tis the season of new goals, am I right?
It may be the crisp air or possibly the delicious seasonal foods I just can’t seem to get enough of (pumpkin EVERYTHING, anyone?), or maybe it’s something in the water, but every time this year I get inspired to change bad habits and begin anew.
However, I’ve learned that I get a little overzealous (A type personality right here) and set too many goals. This quickly leads to me feeling overwhelmed and discouraged when I fall short of all these different goals.
To change this overexcited behavior, I’ve decided to set one goal per two weeks. This specific time frame will really allow me to focus on my goal for those weeks and become the master of it.
I’d love it if you joined me on this adventure to accomplish some smaller goals!
For my first goal, I feel like I need to tackle something a little easier and yet something that I’ve always had a problem with. I’ve ALWAYS been a fast eater. Even as a baby, I would whine and complain in impatience when my mom wouldn’t shovel food fast enough into my tiny little mouth. (Cute then, but try whining now when you can’t put your fork to mouth fast enough….not so cute). This habit has unfortunately followed me into adulthood. Time for a change, folks!
Goal #1: Eat slower. Savor. Enjoy your food.
When you eat slower, you are able enjoy the food more, you have time to savor and relish each glorious bite. Your stomach also takes a while to communicate to your brain that “Hey! I’m full, stop eating.” By focusing on eating slower, I’m I’ll be giving my stomach a little more time to let my brain that I’m satisfied
The Game Plan: Here are some cues to help me accomplish my goal!
1. Put my fork down in between bites. Forcing myself to chill out and actually physically getting the food shovel out of my hand will hopefully get me to SLOW DOWN.
2. Try not to eat in front of any screens. This includes TV/Computer/iPhones. Mindless eating is not conducive for slow eating. Let’s switch to my Christmas Pandora station or possible strike up a conversation with my roomies.
3. Think thoughts of gratitude while eating. I think there’s something there with the whole prayers-before-eating tradition. It snaps your attention back to the food and by placing positive, grateful thoughts concerning food, you’re more likely to remember to savor your meal.
So these next couple of weeks, I’m going to really try and focus on slowing down and enjoying each bite. I’ll be trying to turn the focus away from the quantity of food I’m eating and turning it onto the quality of each bite as well as the company that I’m enjoying my meal with.
If you’re participating with me, I hope you stop by my blog and check in to let me know how you’re doing!
Food for thought:
What are some of your goals this holiday season?
Are you a fast eater? What are some of your tips for slowing down?