When I think of the holidays, I immediately think of food; everything from pumpkin pie to stuffing to mom’s famous sweet potato casserole.
Whether it’s eating at a family celebration, a work celebration, or a cookie exchange with friends, food consumes us during the holidays. While it can bring great joy to eat and be with friends and family, it can also bring about some serious food stress.
With the plethora of food, we worry about gaining weight, eating something we don’t think we should, or giving in to all the temptations. However, this year pledge to do things differently when it comes to food.
Here are 3 simple ways to help you to stop stressing and start enjoying:
1.) Cook with Love: Anytime you are cooking up a dish, express gratitude and love during the entire process, from sautéing to chopping. You will be so filled up from the cooking process that you will take more time to enjoy your food and spend less time worrying about it.
2.) Eat with Love: Go into every situation you have with food with a sense of love and appreciation. Whether it’s a bunch kale or a few cookies, express the same sense of love by appreciating your food and where it came from, showing gratitude, and taking time to savor every bite. It will not only make you feel better, but it will physically digest better, making you less likely to gain those holiday pounds.
3.) Love Others: Know that your friends and family are a sense of nourishment too! The more time you spend with people that love you, the more full you will feel. No cookie can do justice!