Savoring the Season: A Guide to Mindful Eating During the Holidays


Winter holidays are like a snow globe of joy – filled with festivities and mouthwatering treats. Amid the twinkling lights and cozy gatherings, how can we keep our eating on track without missing out on the magic? Fear not, because we’ve got your back! We’re diving into the world of mindful eating, where each bite becomes a delightful experience worth savoring.

    Treat Your Senses

    Picture this: the aroma of freshly baked cookies wafting through the air, the crackling of the fireplace, and the glittering lights setting the scene. Engage your senses fully in the moment. This can help prevent overeating and enhance your appreciation for the flavors.

    Eyes on Portion Size

    ‘Tis the season to embrace smaller plates! Load up with a reasonable portion, leaving room for tasting everything you desire. You can savor the variety without feeling like a stuffed.

    Sip Slowly and Savor

    Raise a cup of hot cocoa or spiced cider and take it slow. Sip, savor, and enjoy the warmth spreading through your body. This mindful approach to drinking can help you relish every drop.

    A Dance of Balance

    Navigating the buffet? Mix and match your choices for a well-rounded plate. Load up on veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, and sprinkle in some indulgent treats. Balancing flavors and nutrients is the name of the game.

    Mind Over Matter

    Pause before reaching for that second helping. Ask yourself if you’re truly hungry or responding to a craving or an emotional trigger. Listen to your body’s cues and let your mind lead the way.

    Indulge, but with Intention

    That piece of pie is calling your name, and it’s okay to enjoy it! Take a moment to appreciate the details – the flaky crust, the velvety filling, the burst of spices. Slow down and enjoy each forkful.

    Stay Active and Playful

    Embrace the winter wonderland and stay active! Go for a walk in the snow, have a friendly snowball fight, or participate in indoor games. Movement enhances digestion and keeps your spirits high.

    Winter holidays are like a gourmet feast for the soul – brimming with joy, warmth, and delectable flavors. By savoring each bite, being mindful of portions, and tuning into your body’s cues, you can relish the season’s delights without veering off course. Cheers to embracing the magic of mindful eating and enjoying every snowy, scrumptious moment!

    Alyssa Paros, MS, RDN, LDN |

    “I love being a dietitian because it’s my superpower—helping people navigate the world of nutrition, one meal at a time.”

    Alyssa Paros, MS, RDN, LDN is a dedicated Registered Dietitian licensed in PA, MD, and DC. Grateful to have been part of Healthcare Services Group since February 2018, Alyssa has had the privilege of contributing to clinical nutrition expertise for a 120-bed facility in Cumberland, MD.

    With a background including an MS in Nutrition Science, Alyssa values ongoing professional development and is an active member of organizations like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her results-driven approach within Healthcare Services Group reflects her commitment to positively impacting patient care and nutrition services.