During the holidays, I often hear people share feelings of fear and worry regarding all the foods that they are going to be surrounded by. They are worried about gaining 10 pounds. Worried they are going to feel awful. Worried all their hard nutrition work over the past month(s) will be dissolved in the matter of two days. When discussing these concerns, I often talk with my clients about mindful eating practices to implement and practice. Mindful eating is not a diet, but rather a lifestyle approach. It can greatly help with weight management, but this is not the goal or focus. It is based on gaining control and enjoyment over eating decisions, and decreases the fear and guilt around food.