This word means different things to different people. To some, it conjures negative emotions and thoughts; to others it provides a sense of empowerment and accomplishment. When associated with health and weight management, many people struggle to gain “control” of their health and eating habits. We often look to or blame outside influences and time parameters as road-blocks or excuses for not being able to maintain the choices we strive for. When we lose this control it can feel like a slippery slope with no other choice but to keep sliding down.
Control is a strong word and should make you feel strong when you have it. Being in control can be something as simple as choosing to pack your own lunch every day, or stocking your house and office with healthy snacking options. We tend to lose control in moments of weakness when hunger hits and you cave to the candy dish full of snack-size Snickers, or over-indulge on chips and queso or bread before your actual meal even arrives. It’s this mindless, in-the-moment-eating that can often make us feel out of control.
The key to feeling in control and taking responsibility for your actions is to be kind to yourself. There are always going to be unexpected twists and turns in our daily lives, but giving yourself the tool of preparation and planning can help mitigate some of the chaos and put the ball back in your court. Be mindful in the moment and ask yourself if you feel in control of your actions. As the holidays approach, this is a great practice to put into place in order to feel good about your health and nutrition goals when faced with overwhelming temptation.
You can help yourself make better choices by bringing healthier options to the table, such as LWBF’s favorite Fall Harvest Salad, or for a sweet, healthier offering make these delicious Raw Chocolate Carrot Balls (you don’t have to tell anyone there’s veggies in their dessert!). So, take control of your body and health this holiday season by making mindful choices. Enjoy some of the treats of the holidays, but practice moderation and think about what your body needs as opposed to what your senses think you want.
Happy, Mindful Eating!