Alcohol – the enemy of mindful eating?!

I am on holiday at the moment and whilst I am finding it easy to practice the principles that I’ve learnt through reading Karina Melvin’s book ‘Artful Eating’ in the day, in the evening, when I have a glass of wine in my hand, it all goes out of the window.

During the day I am eating intuitively, eating what I want and stopping when I am full, using my small plate at meal times.  However, after two glasses of wine in the evening I become a food monster, out come the crisps, the chocolates and the nuts and I don’t seem to be able to stop myself from munching away in front of the television.  Last night was a point in case, I worked my way through a bag of dry roasted peanuts, I knew I was full and that I’d stopped enjoying them, but my hand just kept going back to that bag!

I guess this hasn’t come as a huge shock as I can attribute much of my weight ‘problem’ to my boozy and foodie weekends.  Like many vegans I eat healthily during the week, getting my 5 plus veggies a day and eating nutritious home cooked meals, but at the weekends things slide and my calorie intake creeps up.  Karina Melvin does not discourage alcohol intake, stating that you can enjoy a glass of something nice with a meal, however I don’t seem to be able to manage my food when I have had a drink.   Does this mean that I have to give up my beloved wine if I want to be successful with this ‘plan’?  I think I am going to have to research this some more when I get home and return to my normal routine.

Wish me luck!


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