As Lisa Schmidt Counseling and the Mindful Nutritionist settle in for the holiday season, I use this time of year to turn inwards, reflecting on both my accomplishments of the past year and my hopes for the future. I am grateful to be part of your lives, and for the privilege to spread the message about mindful eating, mindful living and learning how to be home in your own body. I practice mindful awareness and mindful movement to stay grounded during this busy time of the year, where everything around us tries to pull us “outwards” as December brings us to the shortest day of the year, drawing us organically “inwards.” Use this awareness of opposition to serve as a timeless lesson urging us towards our center – grounded and steady as the bustle and commercialism of the holiday season pulls us outwards, and the colder, darker weather moves us inwards. You’ll find your own personal practices of mindful awareness will help you navigate the abundance, energetics, and stimulation of December.
Do you find this time of year challenging? Here are some actions can you take to support moving through the holidays with compassion and grace:
- Take your favorite healthy recipe to holiday potlucks. Others will appreciate having an option that they won’t feel guilty about.
- At parties, review all of the choices and then rate them 1-10. Don’t waste your appetite on anything less than a 9 or 10!
- Use mindful eating techniques to increase your food enjoyment while decreasing your portion size. See mindful eating tools at www.eatingmindfully.com.
- Dish up your holiday meal in the kitchen to avoid 2nds and 3rds from bowls and platters on the table.
- Set your intentions to focus on the real purpose for your holiday gatherings – catching up with friends, family, and co-workers – not the food.
- Most importantly – keep your stress level low by maintaining your mindful practice and exercise program and taking time for self care.
In January, I’m offering some special mindful eating group classes and a workshop for those with tummy troubles called Digestive reboot camp. I hope to see you at an upcoming small group class, a private session, or in the upcoming New Year’s Day Yoga Class. Please contact me anytime for more information, support, or suggestions on how you can feel better now.
It matters to me that you feel better – here’s to a healthy, happy 2014!