The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and indulgence. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the abundance of delicious food and find ourselves overeating during this festive time. However, overeating can leave us feeling sluggish, guilty, and can negatively impact our health.
That’s where Pavlok comes in, offering a unique tool to help us avoid overeating and maintain a balanced approach to food during the holidays. In this blog, we will explore five practical tips, mindful techniques, and how Pavlok can support us in navigating the holiday season with control and enjoyment, while avoiding the pitfalls of overindulgence.
1. Mindful eating for the win
One of the reasons it’s so easy to overeat during the holidays is because there’s just so much going on. Holiday parties, family reunions, catching up with old friends.
During these events and get-togethers, it’s easy to stand by the snack table and munch for hours while you catch up with Uncle Bill who you haven’t seen in years.
Of course, that certainly won’t do your health much good.
As best as you can, try to be conscious and mindful of what and when you eat. Don’t just jump from one family buffet table to the next, but rather take your time and be focused on eating or simple conversation. Just being a little more mindful, can help keep those pounds off and make you end the year on a high note.
Speaking of mindful eating, your Pavlok can help you bring your attention back when your mind starts to wander. If you catch yourself eating unconsciously, give yourself a quick beep, buzz, or zap.
2. Limit your portion size
We get it. Every party you go to seemingly has an endless amount of your favorite food or dessert. But one piece of apple pie won’t hurt, But 12 pieces on the other hand – that’s a different story.
If you’re going to indulge in your favorite treats throughout the holidays (and you certainly should to some extent) do your best to go easy on the portion size. Instead of cutting a bowling ball sized piece of cake, slice off a little square.
Over the course of a few months, this really does add up. Smaller plates work too.
3. Enjoy your favorite desserts
While committing to no sweets during the holidays might be an admirable goal, be careful not to set yourself up for likely failure.
The point of cutting back and watching what you eat isn’t to make your life miserable, but rather give you the flexibility and power to indulge when you consciously choose.
Give yourself permission to enjoy your favorite foods and sweets during the holidays but only in small portions and moderation.
A piece of apple pie slowly savored is significantly more rewarding than shoving 11 of your grandmother’s brownies in your mouth.
When you do indulge, enjoy it to the fullest. Then commit to getting back on track.
4. Watch the “adult” Eggnog
Food isn’t the only culprit for increased weight gain during the holidays. The “hidden” calories in alcohol can also do the trick.
Again, the point isn’t to reject fun during the holidays or be social with your family and friends; it’s about taking a conscious and strategic approach.
One of the quickest ways to have that weight sneak back up is by not watching your alcohol consumption. Soda water or diet coke are a few alternatives to consider.
5. Don’t stress
Believe it or not, your stress levels have a clear correlation to the amount of weight your body retains. So while you should certainly do your best during the holidays to keep an eye on what you eat, don’t stress yourself out so much that it becomes counterproductive.
As the holiday season approaches, it’s crucial to be mindful of your eating habits and make conscious choices to avoid overeating. With Pavlok by your side, you can stay focused on your health goals and make mindful choices amidst the tempting holiday spread.
And while these tips might seem simple on the surface, don’t underestimate how powerful a few small tweaks in your behavior can be.