Throughout history there are MANY things that people do before eating dinner (or any meal). While I am not religious, I do still see the importance of pausing before a meal in order to express gratitude for the nourishment I am about to receive from my food. 

Having a healthy relationship with food is something I had to work on for a long time and there are so many ways to slice and dice *pun intended* achieving that healthy relationship. 

Here are 2 things you can do before eating Christmas dinner, or really ANY meal:

1. When you sit down with your food, place your hands in your lap and before looking at your food state out loud three things you are grateful for. Examples: "I am grateful for the ability to afford this food I am about to feed my body" "I am grateful to be able to enjoy this delicious food in good company" "I am grateful for having love and laughter in my day today". Choose something that you are grateful for and even if you are eating alone, say those three things out loud.

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2. Once you have listed the three things you are grateful for, close your eyes and take a two big sniffs of your food. Really take the time to think about what you smell. Once you open your eyes, notice where you are drawn to. What on your plate do you want to eat first? Without just diving in and devouring the whole bowl, chew your food and take the time to enjoy each mouthful.

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This is an easy task to do, try it out and see after a few weeks how your mindset changes not only towards your food but towards your outlook on life.

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