Tis’ the season of comfort food! Everyone has their own idea of what comfort food is; however there is one thing we can all agree on…

There is always that one dish that pops into mind bringing back memories of past holidays. When we are finally surrounded by the ones we love and are able to enjoy the home cooked food around us, what would it be like to take a moment and remember why we enjoy this food so much? It’s not only about how tasty it is, it’s also about the feelings connected to comfort food that make it such a solace for us. Taking the time to really enjoy it can make it even more special!

Here are 3 tips that can help you practice mindful eating this season:

 1. Take a moment to be in the present

Mindful eating begins before your first bite. It begins when you take a moment to be in the present. To help you get there try and check in with your five senses:

What do you see on your plate?

  • What do you hear around you?
  • What smells are you picking up?
  • How do you feel physically? Are you hungry?
  • Then take your first bite!

2. Listen to your body

Listen to your body and allow your stomach to tell your brain when you are full. It normally takes around 20 minutes for the stomach to signal to the brain that it’s full. Slowing down your eating can give your brain a chance to catch up to these signals. Some ways to slow down include sitting down to eat, chewing each bite enough to taste the flavors, and setting your utensil down between bites.

3. Be Grateful

Consider where and how your food got to your plate, from the loved ones who prepared it to the people who planted and harvested the raw ingredients. This increases gratitude and interconnection with your food. Being aware of how much effort went into the meal helps us become more thankful for it.

So while you are sitting at the dinner table this season, remember to slow down, listen to your body, and consider ways to be grateful for each bite!

Happy Holidays!

Marisa Stratton, Dietetic Aide