The Christmas season is probably the most difficult time of the year to maintain healthy eating habits. Rather than looking forward to the holiday season many feel vulnerable and approach it with trepidation. Even if you haven’t a weight issue, keeping your eating and drinking to healthy limits can be challenging when there are many social and family events and an excess of food and drink. So if you are worried that you will give into temptation too often, here are some ways to help you get through without the discomfort of overindulgence and without the guilt trip.

When you treat yourself it doesn’t have to be with food and drink; a spontaneous act of kindness can make you feel like you’ve had a treat. A recent study by the University of California found that by doing kind acts the chemical dopamine is released in the brain. The body’s response is the same when we give ourselves a treat, for example some of the chocolate we’ve been looking forward to. By being kind to someone else you may not only get a dopamine rush but also relieve some of the family tension that may exist.

When you are eating really appreciate and enjoy your food, savouring every bite, not rushing to taste the next one. Feel grateful for your food and you will enjoy it more. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude helps to lift the spirit and can have beneficial effects on anxiety and depression.

Using smaller plates and tall thin glasses instead of short fat ones, really does work. You are still getting a full plate and a full glass so there is no reason to feel deprived.

May we wish all our readers good health, happiness, friendship and love for the holiday season and for the New Year too

Warm Regards,

Jocelyn and Kristina at Trance-Formed

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