Even for those who practice mindful eating, the holidays present some additional challenges. Typically, during the holiday season, people find themselves attending more parties and social gatherings with an abundance of not-so-healthy food and beverages. Couple the increased availability of food with the stress of the holiday season (and the societal acceptance of holiday indulgence), and mindfulness if often thrown out the window!
If you’re thinking about making changes in your diet, or you can’t figure out why the number on the scale is increasing, take some time to record your food intake. Many people are often surprised at how much they eat and how quickly the calories add up. Tracking your food intake can give you insight on your daily eating patterns.