Do The Holidays Have To Be So Stressful?

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It’s up to YOU! People usually go one of two ways; they try to adhere to their healthy lifestyle, or they go off the deep end, eating junk for two months and saying they will get back on track in January. If we are trying to eat healthy, this can definitely be one of the most challenging and stressful times of the year, because junk food and excuses are everywhere we turn!

Over the years, I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum. I’ve gone off the deep end and gorged myself for 8 weeks, and I’ve eaten “perfectly”, alienating myself from friends and family. Neither made me healthy or happy. The focus was totally on myself, and the food I was or wasn’t going to eat. These days, during the holidays, I make a concerted effort to slow down, make cooking a priority, and focus on the simple things in life. For me, it is all about balance and gratitude. Now that my health is in a good place, I might have a little sugar or something I don’t usually eat… I savor every bite and don’t feel guilty, even for a second!   

Here are 5 stress-reducing tips to consider:   

Get proper perspective.
What is truly important in life? What things are most important to you and your family?   

Prioritize.
Many people create expectations that can never measure up to reality. Resist the urge to be Martha Stewart, and limit the optional events. Spend time together as a family. Is your health a priority? If so, then take the time to cook and nourish yourself and your family.   

Create new traditions.
Evaluate why you do things. Is it because you’ve always done them, or is it because it is extremely special to you and your family? Weed out the non-essential to-dos. When making food choices, don’t focus on what you can’t have. Instead, think, “What is a healthier substitute?” There is a tasty AND healthy substitution for everything! Grab Denni’s new cookbook for ideas… a perfect gift too!   

Be grateful.
Have a thankful heart. Make a list and post it on the refrigerator, and refer to it when you start to get stressed. As far as food goes – when we stress, our digestive system shuts down, and the food becomes much more toxic than if we ate it with a good attitude. Receive the food with a grateful heart, eat goodies slowly and in small portions, chew your food thoroughly and it will nourish the body regardless if it’s the best option or not.   

Laugh, lighten up and have fun!
Need I say more?  

This Holiday season, I do encourage you to make the best choices you can with your food. This way, you’ll have the energy and health to enjoy all the special moments with family and friends. It might not be completely Phase 1 or 2, but that’s ok. Don’t stress! Perfection is not necessary for abundant health. Stay tuned in to Know the Cause this season for great ideas for a happy, healthy holiday!  

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