Do you remember playing the mirror game when you were a child? You know, when you follow the actions of another person exactly? Well, believe it or not, that game is an ingenious tool when it comes to watching your weight during the holidays.
Let me explain.
So many people lead by example; and they don’t even know they are doing it.
For instance, think about the healthiest person you know. They probably don’t worry about their weight, and they appear to eat whatever they want. Ah, but looks can be deceiving. Chances are that person makes good choices, and has found the perfect balance; and you can learn a lot by observing them in action.
Let me give you an example; French women. These beautiful women eat cheese, bread, wine, croissants, etc. You might be thinking, “Yeah, but if I ate like that I wouldn’t be able to fit in my pants!”
The secret lies not in what they eat (because they do eat fresh, healthy foods), but in how they eat it. They have small portions of a lot of things, they savor their food, they don’t deprive themselves, and they enjoy the experience of eating.
In other words, they have found the perfect balance between sacrifice and indulgence.
You can too.
Who do you know in your own life that seems to eat in the same fashion? That person will become your mirror.
The next time you are at a gathering together, notice what this person chooses, what their portion sizes are, how they eat (fast or slow), and how they behave around food in general. Mirror them with your own choices.
Remember, this is a subtle observation from a far. (Don’t freak the person out). This is just an opportunity for you to overlay your eating habits against another’s.
We learn by example, and by doing.
I also recommend this exercise to clients when they are traveling; especially abroad. We have a lot to learn from the way other countries eat.
So the next time you are at a holiday gathering, choose your “mirror”, and let them reflect back to you what healthy eating looks like. Soon enough, the face you see will be your own.
Bon Appetit & Happy Holidays!
Have you ever observed the eating habits of others? If so, what did you notice about them? And about your own?