Archives For November 2009
>With Thanksgiving coming up in less than 2 weeks, I challenge you to look at the holiday season as a time to exercise MINDFULNESS when it comes to your consumption choices.
Frankly, if we were just mindful of our food/drink intake during most meals, I can guarantee that many of us wouldn’t be having weight or excess body fat issues. The thing is that such mindfulness isn’t an easy task.
Ideally, we eat out of an awareness of the need to refuel our bodies with good, wholesome food. However, in most cases, any of the following things happen:
1. We wake up early, have coffee, and allow our mental to-do list for the day to take over. We forget to fuel first thing in the morning, and in fact, only turn to it once we realize it’s lunchtime and others around us are eating. Some even get to the point of allowing their day to pass them by without eating, leaving them famished and their body physically starving by the end of the day.
2. We get home after a stressful day at work, and the first thing we want is to sit in front of the couch and eat dinner while decompressing in front of the TV. Before we know it, the TV is what we are focusing on and not what or how much we’re eating.
3. We get home and there is no food in the pantry/fridge. We’re too tired to go out and get wholesome, healthful food, so we opt for take-out, or go to a grocery store to get something quick and easy to make. Because we’re pretty hungry when this happens, smart choices go out the door — it becomes all about satisfying the hunger.
4. We are out at a restaurant or at a gathering of friends or family, and the focus of the moment is the socializing and getting together. Not much attention is paid to the amount or type of drink/food consumed because we’re distracted by the fun we’re having as we’re around our loved ones.
5. We’re at our workplace and there are no healthful options around. So not only does our to-do list get in the way, the fact that we’re not armed with good fueling options adds even more hindrance in the mix.
These are 5 typical examples I’ve personally seen myself and clients/friends go through as part of their challenge toward improving on their nutrition. Example #4 is what applies the most to this post, especially with Thanksgiving and Christmas as typically known holidays for feasting and socializing.
For additional guidance on increasing your healthful behaviors through the holidays, check out the link below, recently posted by the MayoClinic:
That said, enjoy this holiday season, and keep it healthful and happy!
>Hello all! The past few weeks have been busy, but thankfully, I have committed to a weekly schedule of updating my blog with that specific week’s “fitness pulse”, i.e. what the health/fitness world is talking about per the articles and news stories from prominent sources.