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Holiday season: How to eat less, but enjoy more?

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During the holidays, we are often surrounded by an abundance of food. When we are faced with all these choices, we tend to eat unconsciously and quickly by reflex. Here are some steps to help you eat less, but enjoy more your food this holiday season.

Think before eating

Before adding food in your plate, take a moment to ask yourself  “why do I want to eat this food?“. This allows your brain to get off autopilot mode, which reacts instinctively to the stimulus. This will allow you to think carefully and reason before making the conscience choice to eat.

Eat intentionally

To eat intentionally, we must be aware of what we are doing in the present moment. One of the reasons we eat too much is that our attention is focused on something else than our food. We miss a great opportunity to taste what is in our mouth. When eating, take the time to ask yourself what taste, texture and sound does the specific food make?

Pleasure with every bite

When we feel guilt about eating a specific food, we tend to engulf it more quickly and forget eating it. If you really want this food, why not enjoy the experience?

Pay attention to the first bite of each different dish, since it is the most rewarding. Each subsequent bite will give you less and less pleasure.  If you do not feel pleasure eating, you most likely do not need to eat anymore. This technique will also allow you to take intentional bites rather eating unconsciously.

Eat less and enjoy more, that’s the best recipe!

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Alyssa Fontaine, Dt.P.

Nutrition supervisor at Nautilus Plus, member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and holder of a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, Alyssa joined the Nautilus Plus team in January 2014. She developed an interest in healthy nutrition at a very young age, inspired by her grandmother’s large vegetable garden and her iron health still going strong at over 90 years of age. Proper nutrition and an active lifestyle are the secrets to a long life. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Alyssa exercises regularly and shares her tips to living a balanced lifestyle acknowledging that she does have a sweet tooth. She is the proud spokesperson for the «Zero Diet» brand and she is being followed more and more on social networks.


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