Holiday Sensibility

How to Indulge without Over-Indulging.


The holidays come around every year. And, each year, we have a chance to fine tune our participation. What if there was a way to indulge your pleasure without the distraction, weight gain and headache of over-indulgence? Here are some ways your sensible body can help you be conscious and enjoy the gustatory delights of the season:

Savor the flavors and scents. Ninety percent of the taste is sourced in the aroma. Ponder the qualities and nuances of each bite.

  • Slow down- Linger a bit. Take time to chew thoroughly to maximize your pleasure and help your digestion.

  • Less is more- It’s the first couple of bites that really taste good. Notice how palate fatigue sets in after 3 or 4 bites.

  • Listen- When your belly says it’s had enough, pay attention. Don’t override your body and over-indulge because it won’t really be fun anymore.

  • Keep an eye on sugar consumption-the AHA suggests that between 20 and 36 grams of sugar is the daily max.

  • Take time to digest. The rule of thumb is to allow two or three hours before bedtime. Maybe an evening meditation recounting the many pleasures of the meal is in order.

As you approach the holiday season, tuning in and paying attention will help you partake of the many pleasures, enjoy them thoroughly, and back away when you’re satiated. Then, the next day, you won’t have to deal with the pains of over-consumption.

And, let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear about your experiences and insights.

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