Here at CrossFit Banshee we believe in sitting down and thoroughly enjoying a good meal. Thanksgiving time can be a great time to really enjoy a great tasting meal as well as the company and atmosphere of the day. We also often hear that holidays are the hardest time for someone to keep on track with their goals… so much tasty food, parties, drinks, visits, etc. Here are some tips to help you stay on track with goals and also fully enjoy the holidays.
Eating mindfully is the base habit for all of our nutrition habits. There is no greater time than the holidays to practice these because they help amplify the great holiday vibes that we are all looking forward to and trying to hold on to as long as possible.
Practice 1: Pay attention to your hunger and try to eat when you are truly hungry and stopping at a place of moderate fullness. This can get tricky with tending to planned meals, parties, and extra treats laying around, so it will take some *mindfulness* and planning. Today you can start that planning, start noticing how long certain foods keep you satiated. Find the food(s) to eat before your event that will get you to the dinner table hungry but not ravenous.
Practice 2: Eat Slowly. When you do sit down for your meal, take in the full scene. How is the presentation of food or the table? What does each item on your plate smell like? How does it feel in your mouth? Can you set your fork down while you are chewing? How about when you are talking or listening? With your beverage, try a smaller sip or holding it in your mouth for a second longer. What can you do to amplify your meal experience? What would you do if you were hosting for some of your favorite people, how would you want them to take in the experience?
Make Nutrient Dense Choices:
Create dishes that are delicious and nutrient-dense.
Here are some recipes that are packed with flavor as well as health-giving benefits. Any of these can swap out a dish that may be similar but not as ideal for staying on track for your goals.
For example, Chocolate drizzled winter fruit in place of a box of chocolates placed out.
Happy Holidays to you from your team at CrossFit Banshee!