With endless white elephant parties, holiday cookies, and champagne toasts on the horizon, indulgence is simply an inevitability this time of year—and we wouldn’t have it any other way. That said, even though we’re willing to feel stuffed in the name of mom’s stuffing, the resulting food coma doesn’t have to be a total guarantee.

Practicing mindful eating is a really easy way to actually savor the season’s treats more while feeling less like you overdid it—because by truly learning to relish every single bite, you’re able to better observe how satisfied you actually are. Most importantly, it has nothing to do with dieting or restriction. To the contrary, mindful eating is about maximizing enjoyment.

And there’s no time like the present to give it a go. “You can practice mindful eating at a dinner party, out to dinner, on a date, with family, or with friends,” says meditation expert Amanda Gilbert. “As long as you are being aware while you are eating, then you are practicing mindful eating. And you can be aware and mindful even when eating with others.”

Curious how to get started? Try Gilbert’s mindful eating technique for beginners below.