Savor it!

This time of year can be filled with land-mines.

Not the kind you step on, but the kind you put in your mouth, (maybe you should step on them, you’d be less tempted to eat the, but I’m getting off topic…)

Everywhere we go, we are offered sweets and treats, sugar bombs in all their glory.

Sometimes we eat them because they are our favorites.

Sometimes we eat them because we feel like it would be rude not to.

Sometimes we eat them because that’s what we’ve always done- there’s no thought to it.

I’m dedicating this Monday Moment to another Simple (but not always easy) Practice- Savoring

Today we’ll apply it to Holiday treats.  If you are someone who can eat anything and not be affected by it, either in  your waistline or in your mood, then you’ve probably already moved on from this page.

If you tend to gain a few pounds this time of year, or notice that your mood gets a little wacky, then this post is for you.  I’m not going to get all techie on you about why or how what we eat affects our weight and/or our mood, but simply offer a tool for bringing in some sanity.

When you come across a treat – ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is this something I really love to eat?
  2. Will I regret it afterwards?
  3. Am I wanting to eat this out of guilt, boredom, curtesy, or something other than pure joy?

If the answer to the first question is ‘Yes’, and the second two ‘No’, than have a bite.

Enjoy the texture and keep it in your mouth so you can really taste it, (that’s where our taste-buds are after all.)

With each bite, ask yourself the three questions above.

The fullest flavor will come from the first 1 – 3 bites.  After that, our taste buds don’t have such a strong reaction.  Which means, maybe all you need is a bite (or three.)

Fully savor each bite, and make a choice before you take another.

Let me know how this works for you in the comments below- ‘Like’ this post on facebook if you like it ; )

Happy Savoring!!!

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