THE DAY AFTER (AKA BOXING DAY)
“I’ve already done the damage, so I may as well polish o the leftovers in the fridge and get back on track in the New Year.”
“I really enjoyed the food yesterday, but I still feel quite full, so I’m going to take it easy today.” When you restrict foods, they automatically become more appealing. Have you ever noticed how tempting chocolate is when you’ve told yourself you can’t have it? Eventually, sheer willpower will give way and you’ll eat more than just a square or two — followed by the inevitable food guilt and the vow to start dieting again on Monday. Sounds familiar?
This scenario is rife at Christmas time. After you’ve scoffed a few too many gingerbread men or chocolate rum balls, it’s easy to feel you’ve ‘blown it’, and to promise yourself you’ll start again on New Year’s Day.
Mindful eating allows you to train your brain to go about these situations differently. By giving yourself permission to enjoy treat foods if you really feel like them, you let go of the old-style guilt.
So, instead of devouring all of the Christmas leftovers on Boxing Day, listen to your body and opt for a lighter meal and a treat, if you want it. Then, perhaps head outside for a walk, or play a friendly game of backyard or beach cricket!