An article in the Seattle Times by Carrie Dennett, RDN entitled “How to Eat Mindfully at the Holidays” had some great suggestions as we head into the holiday season. Use all of your senses and choose food that is both satisfying and nourishing.
- honor hunger-do not be ravenous before you eat
- stay nourished-schedule regular meals and snacks
- practice self-care-keep stress levels manageable-physical activity, sleep, me time
- rehearse-make choices ahead of time for those foods that taste good and feel good
- reduce mindless triggers-limit visual food cues (candy/cookies at home and work), sit or stand where food is not in constant view, at home serve food from the kitchen or sideboard and not the dining table
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The meaning behind this special day is very important. Gratitude is something you can express not just at this time of year, but regularly to those who positively influence our lives each and every day!
Last week I had a terrific middle eastern lunch with my friends at Mamnoon in Seattle. I am so thankful these special ladies are in my life! Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
(I am taking a blogging break this week in order to spend time cooking, eating, hiking, biking, and laughing with my family!)