Staying Focused While Still Enjoying The Holiday Treats

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!

Hi Everyone!

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? πŸ˜‰

‘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?

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  • I’m the same way with getting overzealous when I make goals – I try to take on too many at once, get overwhelmed, and just give up. Love that you’re taking it slow and steady :)

    I’ve actually never been a fast eater, my problem is the complete opposite. I’m always the last one at the table and people get annoying with me for taking too long. I guess I could work on speeding up a little bit πŸ˜‰
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  • Half-way through September I actually made a goal to make fewer goals. I was turing EVERYTHING into a goal, it was ridiculous and I felt like I was being dragged in 80 million different directions. Then I found out about intentions, which are more visions of how you’d like your life to look like. Now, everything I do, I base it on whether it fits into my intentions. I find that this is working infinitely better for me. Because of my type-A personality, I’ll always strive to continue pushing myself forward, so there’s no worry in that. Overall, I think that I’ll end up happier and mentally healthier (which will lead me to flourish physically and mentally). Same results with less stress? Yes, please!!
    And on the eating slower front — I found that once I actually started slowing down and tasting my food, my cravings went down significantly. Not sure what it was, but now that I eat food for the enjoyment of the taste, I’ll think more about what I want for the taste and not just to fill me (which is what the majority of my cravings were anyway). Mindful eating stopped my food obsessions completely.
    Best of luck with it, Liv!! Amazing post! πŸ˜‰
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  • I am totally the same way with this. It’s actually been a goal of mine for awhile now, which somehow go put on the back burner…I’ll be stepping up my efforts in this area. You gave some great ideas for how to help, too, especially putting down your fork between bites! <3 it and you :)
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