As is the case with every Jewish holiday, Chanukah means good food! To balance your desire to eat in a healthy way without depriving yourself, try being a “food snob”.
At a party, a snob isn’t friendly to everyone; she’ll only speak to the chosen few whom she deems worthy of her attention. Likewise, when you go to a party, there’s no need to taste everything. Make sure to treat yourself to something worthwhile. Rather than telling yourself, “I know I’m going to indulge anyway, so I might as well go all-out,” consider the options before you fill up your plate so you can choose small portions of what will satisfy you most. Avoid treats that are available at any time and choose special foods that might not appear at other times of the year. And savour your choice! To truly enjoy a food, eat it mindfully – pay attention to its taste, texture, and other sensory qualities. Bear in mind that eating a small amount of food mindfully is much more satisfying than eating lots of food without paying attention.