‘Tis that time of the year where we take a breath, snuggle-in and unwind with loved ones after a crazy month of shopping and meeting work deadlines. It can be challenging to focus on our wellness as time zooms towards the new year as we want to attempt to soak in all that sparkles, and consume comforting foods that quench that holiday sweet-tooth. Mmmmm creamy eggnog and warm gingerbread cookies… YUMMMM
The Present is a Present. With all the hustle and bustle, we might at times forget to simply ‘be’ in the moment, and tuning into our present self can be challenging at times. So I invite you to take a second to calm your mind and sit in stillness, take this time to be grateful for all the positives in your life while acknowledging the challenges you endured as lessons in patience, strength and forgiveness. I am grateful for you and I look forward to sharing kind words that will inspire you to live life fully with an open mind and heart in this new year.
Although it is time to be jolly in the belly, I would like to share with you some habits of mindful eating. Here are a few healthy tips and tricks to keep in mind this holiday season:
- Drink plenty of fluids: To keep your digestive system moving and body well hydrated in the dry cold, it is important to consume a min of 3 L of water. You also have the option to drink hot tisanes or flavour your water with fruits… I like to put cucumber, mint and lemons in my on-the-go bottle.
- Visualize your portions prior to sitting on the table: Take a second to access how hungry you are. While you feel like devouring all the home-made goodies before you, it is wise to ration your way into your meal. I like to get a small round plate (instead of the large plate :P) and opt in for the healthiest options on the table, usually starting with salad. I then use the same small plate to eat something yummy, focusing on a good amount of protein and just a handful of carbs… since I am sure to have dessert soon.
- Avoid the food coma: Yes the holidays come once a year, and you will miss having access to all this appetizing foods, yet it is important to pace one-self and be attentive to satiation. It takes about 10-20 min to register the physiological effects of satiation. So upon resting your plate on the table, take a break and see if another round is necessary.
Wishing you and your family a magical holiday!