Blogs About 'Holiday Eating'

Eat, Drink And Be Mindfully Merry This Festive Season

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“Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.” — WJ Tucker — Are you feeling anxious about the Christmas holidays? Concerned about all the food and worried about how you are going to handle the abundance and variety of foods? Are you looking forward to spending time with family or are you dreading it? The December and Christmas holidays can be a special time of the year filled with anticipation but so often, for many...

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Eating Mindfully at Easter

Easter comes with the start of Autumn for us in the southern hemisphere. It’s an opportunity to pause, rest and have a break. When it comes to eating during the holidays, it’s normal to eat more when we are out of our daily routine and of course Easter comes with delicious treats like chocolate Easter eggs and hot cross buns. In the Greek tradition we have a delicious brioche type cake. Holiday eating can be stressful for people because we are out of our routine and so many activities revolve...

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Mindful Eating Over Pesach

“Gam zu l'tova. This too is for the good.” – Nachum Ish Gamzu, Talmud, Taanit, 21a “When things get "hard" it reminds me that this too is for the best and I need to reorient my thinking to this realization.” – Rabbi Yitz Greenman Thank you to all my Jewish friends and clients for sharing your Pesach food challenges. I have selected the most prominent difficulties with food and suggested a different way of approaching them with a mindfulness point of view. This one specifically...

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New Beginnings – Out with the Old, in with the New: 18 Questions to Start 2018

Filed Under: Change Holiday Eating

“Celebrate endings for they precede new beginnings” — Jonathan Lockwood Huie — At this time of the year there are so many articles about New Year’s Resolutions, Big Changes and Big Goals, “The Best Year Ever” and by February it’s all abandoned. Like diets, resolutions don’t work. Change happens in small, repetitive, imperfect steps. Small wins matter. January and the onset of the new year, however, does bring hope for change and new beginnings. I traditionally like to start...

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Joyful Eating in the Holidays: enjoy the foods and festivities with peace and joy!

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This is the time of year when we start to feel stressed and anxious about all the year-end parties, entertaining and going away on holiday. Many of us are worried about overeating, family pressures and obligations. Let’s examine some of the common triggers to overeat during the holidays and some suggestions on how to overcome them. 1. The anticipation of the events and holidays Stay in the present as much as you can. Perhaps this year it’s time to do things differently and put...

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Joyful Eating during Rosh Hashanah: How to enjoy the food with ease, grace and mindfulness

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“And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke, 1892-1910 ― Are you feeling stressed and anxious about Rosh Hashanah and the three day...

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Tips for Easter Eating

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It’s hard to believe that the Easter Holidays are upon us, it feels like December was just the other day! Whether it’s Easter, Eid or Pesach or any other festival, remember it’s a holiday and over the holidays we tend to eat more than usual and it’s quite normal. Even people with a “normal” relationship to food eat more over the holidays. So expect to eat more at some meals. Some religions practice fasting or elimination of foods at this time of year, so we need to be mindful that...

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7 Powerful Questions to Start 2017

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau At this time of the year there are so many articles about New Year’s Resolutions, Big Goals and “the best year ever”.  Like diets, resolutions don’t work. January brings a new beginning and hope for change. Here are some questions for you to reflect on as you enter 2017… What do I want to release from life? What do I want to bring into my life? What am I holding...

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Merry and Mindful Holiday Eating

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It’s hard to believe that the year is coming to an end and the holidays are upon us! The holidays are like assorted sweets – there are some we like and some we don’t. For many people this time of year is difficult: we are out of our routine, we're spending time with people we don’t normally spend time with, there are pressures and stresses around social engagements, there is much travelling and shopping. There is so much focus on food at this time of the year that many of us also struggle...

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7 Easy Tips to Deal with “Friendly” Food Pushers

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We all have them in our lives: a friend, an aunt, mother-in-law, colleague, a sister… They mean well, but they like to push us to eat more food.  As mindful eaters, we like to stop eating at a comfortable point but this is hard when food is being pushed on us. Food pushers are especially active over the holidays and at family gatherings – it’s their moment to shine! They mean well and are most likely showing their love for you through food or want to please you with food.  The scenario: You...

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New Beginnings

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As you know, most New Year's resolutions, like diets, simply don’t work. By February they have been abandoned and we just end up feeling bad about ourselves and telling ourselves we are hopeless. Instead of beginning the New Year with resolutions of enforced change, willpower, restriction, control and constant striving, what about starting the New Year with the gift of committing to YOU? How about trying a more gentle approach? Give yourself the gift of kindness, compassion, awareness –...

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How To Survive The Holidays

Food, Family, Friends and Frivolities: The Full Catastrophe! "Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light. From now on our troubles will be out of sight. Have yourself a merry little Christmas make the yuletide gay. From now on our troubles will be miles away” — Frank Sinatra The holidays and Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year, with the promise of good cheer, peace and togetherness but so often this time of the year ends in irritation, conflict and...

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