Feeling a bit heavy after a little too much cheesecake and vino?

I remember just expecting that feeling during the holiday season.

“Well get ready to feel like crap tomorrow. One more slice of cake please!”

There are tons of tips on how to avoid overeating during the holidays…

  • Use smaller plates
  • Load up on veggies first
  • Don’t hang out near the buffet
  • Focus on conversation, not consuming
  • Gratitude

However, my favorite practice is actually using visualization.

When you can bring the energy of the person you want to be into your present, it can create an incredibly empowering experience.

Just take a few moments to visualize yourself feeling in control around food, being able to savor it instead of gorge on it. Imagine yourself enjoying the conversation and company all around you and feeling fully content on all levels with just enough food to satisfy your hunger. Imagine being able to handle your stressful family with ease and compassion. Nothing can get you down. You are grateful for this moment.

Alright, but what if that second slice of your Aunt Judy’s apple pie somehow sneaks its way into your mouth?

Here are some of my favorite ways to get your body back in balance after a bit too much holiday cheersing and chomping….

Get rid of the guilt

What happened happened. If you bring the energy of guilt and shame into the equation, believe it or not, this will do more damage than the food you ate, putting your body into a deeper stress response.

Instead…
Acknowledge what happened from an objective point of you. It’s a fact. That’s all. Now it’s time to honor your body and take care of it.

Sip on hot water

The first thing we may think of the morning after a little too much indulging are coffee, soda or that gross blue stuff athletes drink – all beverages that will further tax and exhaust your body. What your body needs is liquid that will nourish it.

Instead…
Sip on hot water throughout the day. This will help with bloating, constipation and eliminating toxins from the body.

Choose lighter foods

You just put your body through the ringer, having it digest foods that it’s not used to and in quantities that it’s definitely not built for. Reaching for more greasy foods may seem like the go-to remedy, but that’s only going to make you feel worse. But don’t worry, you don’t have to sip on green juices either.

Instead…
Think warm, nourishing and easy. For breakfast, support your digestion with some stewed apples with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg and a dollop of ghee. Or a warming bowl of this Pumpkin Quinoa Porridge. For lunch, think vegetables sauteed with some ghee or coconut oil and spices over a bit of rice. Go lighter for dinner with a warming soup or stew.
*TIP: Only eat if you’re hungry as well. Right now your body may just need a break.

Move

Running 5 miles the next day isn’t going to be a miracle cure to undo everything you ate and drank the night before. Your body has been taxed. Don’t overdo it…just love it up.

Instead…
Definitely move, but consider more gentle ways such as yoga, hiking, light jogging or whatever makes you feel good. Just get moving to help sweat out the toxins and support your digestion.

Meditate

Not only has your body been through a lot, but your nervous system probably has too. The holidays can bring about a lot more stimuli (good or bad) that can send you off balance making you want to hibernate the next day. Don’t simply focus on your physical health.

Instead…
Get in your daily meditation practice, which will help you destress your nervous system and also support your body in its detoxification process. Even just 10 minutes will benefit you greatly.

Create a new game plan

If you’re tired of the same old seesaw of overindulging and dieting, it’s important to become aware of what’s happening. What are the triggers that are setting you off. Where do you feel the weakest. What is your inner dialogue that makes you lose control? Depending on willpower to get you through the most tempting of times is not the solution (nor does it ever work.)

Instead…
Create a game plan to help you identify your triggers and weak spots and get back in the driver’s seat of your health. Your body is designed to make healthy choices naturally. If you’re struggling getting back to this place, let’s have a chat and figure out how to release what’s blocking you so you can enjoy the holidays without guilt, shame or stress for another year.

Here’s your assignment for today…answer the questions below and share them in the comments section below:
1. What is you number one holiday food or drink weak spot?
2. What is one thing you’ll commit to trying to help support you in feeling more empowered around food instead of defeated?

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Pumpkin Quinoa Porridge

I’m a pumpkin fiend.

The flavors of the Fall are the one thing that calm my nerves as the weather starts cooling down. (Summer girl here 100%, because they are oh sooo good!

Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, pumpkin, root veggies. I’m getting hungry just thinking about all of the deliciousness that nature provides during this time of year.

It’s when the weather starts getting colder, that we need to get warmer.

Transitioning your diet to richer, warmer foods that are more grounding is a great way to keep your body in balance during the Fall and Winter. Of course, you there is no one-size-fits all meal plan, so if you’re interested in learning what type of foods will be best for your unique body, just reach out here and we can chat.

Pumpkin Quinoa Porridge

About 3 months ago, I began an incredible journey into the world of Ayurveda, where I learned how so much of what I thought was healthy, was actually not healthy for my body.

I was having green smoothies every morning which were actually leaving me feeling heavy and bloated.

It wasn’t until I learned more about my body’s unique needs that I discovered adding adding more warm foods, healthy fats and carbs were better for me.

Did you hear that? Yes, fats and carbs can be good for you!

Now, most people may freak out, wondering if they’re going to gain weight going from lighter foods to heavier foods, but it’s important to remember that your ability to digest your food matters more than the food you’re eating. Continue reading


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“I love myself, I love myself, I love myself…”
“I’m wealthy, I’m rich, I’m abundant…”

I can’t tell you the amount of times I stared in the mirror and said those words hoping to cultivate more self-esteem, self-love and confidence so I could attract the relationship, money and success I wanted into my life.

I’d say them over and over again every single day, but no matter what I tried, I never believed what I was saying and therefore didn’t take any sort of positive action to get what I wanted.

And I definitely didn’t attract anything into my life besides more frustration and anger. My positive affirmations would quickly be followed by very negative thinking…

It’s NEVER going to happen.
I’m not meant to get the things I want.
These stupid affirmations are NOT working.
I should just settle and accept this is as good as it’s going to get.

I bet if you’re reading this email you’re wondering if your positive affirmations are broken too (or if you are.)

THE ENERGY AND EMOTIONS OF WORDS

“I love myself”
“I’m wealthy and abundant”
“I’m healthy and motivated”

Words are extremely powerful because they immediately affect how you feel and create a specific energetic vibration through your emotions. (Repeat the statements above and test it out. You’ll either feel great because you believe what you’re saying or defeated because you feel like you’re telling yourself a lie.)

Every emotion carries a specific energetic vibration. Emotions are energy in motion.

Positive emotions emit higher frequencies and negative emotions emit lower frequencies. And the energy you put out is what gets pulled back in towards you…like attracts like.

So if you’re constantly feeling negative about yourself, your circumstances and your ability to create the life you want…well, you’re going to be more likely to make that your reality.

On the other hand, if you have a more positive outlook about your life, you will have much more promising results.

However, it can be downright frustrating when you keep repeating an affirmation over and over and over again, hoping to change how you feel and don’t feel any different.

Well, neither you or your positive affirmation are broken.

And you don’t have to just settle and accept where you are.

The issue is not the affirmation, the issue is what is blocking you from feeling the transformative power of the affirmation. Continue reading