What does mindful eating have to do with football Sunday?
Updated: Sep 19, 2022
If you've been trying to make healthy choices- everything!
I can't tell you how often I have clients tell me that they are anxious about an occasion (like football Sunday) because they don't know what they can eat. My answer is always: whatever you want!!
I know that's not always helpful, so here are a few ways to think about football Sundays from a mindful eating perspective.
Nourish first. You're committed to eating healthier- so make it a priority. Plan a nutrient packed breakfast to start off on the right foot.
Pay attention. Next to breathing, paying attention to your choices is the most important mindful eating practice. Don't suck down the entire bowl of chips simply because it's there- what do you need to feel satisfied.
Let go. If it's 1 day out of many, enjoy yourself! No need to measure out portions or count calories. However, if you live in a football-centric town like I do, then it might be more like Monday night beers with football, Thursday night snacks with football, and pizza-and-wing-Sundays. That adds up. Decide what matters and let go of the rest.
Set yourself up for success
You can be the person bringing a healthy dish, even if you don't eat it yourself. Giving yourself options is part of having a mindful mindset, regardless of what you ultimately end up choosing. The key to success is making intentional choices, but without choices there are no decisions to be made and you go on taking the same actions you always have.
So, make it easier to make choices that support your goals by having options that support your goals. You can always have the pizza & wings, just try starting with a salad and see what changes.
This amazing Game Day Chili recipe is an excellent way to nourish first and be mindful while still having an awesome time.
Download the recipe here. Game Day Chili