When I began my journey of emotional healing, my chest was literally in lock down. My muscles were tight. My breathing was shallow, as was my capacity for feeling things in a truly "heartfelt" way. Read
I've been bombed, hijacked and seduced by festive food in the past. Everywhere I look, there's a pumpkin spiced latte, muffin or raw vegan treat.
But this year, I won't fall for the siren's song. All she does is make me fat, bloated, tired and convinced that I have seasonal affective disorder. If I really must indulge, I'll be graceful and elegant and savor every single morsel.
Here's what I won't be doing:
- Starting my day with a vegan pumpkin muffin followed by a 10am pumpkin-spiced soy latte to assuage my sugar coma.
- Go foraging for gift basket food goodies because it's only fair that they are shared.
- Think that calories from festive treats are miraculously ignored by my body.
- Think that my gluten and dairy sensitivities don't exist during the holidays.
- Say yes to every treat, thinking I'll juice cleanse it off the next day.
- Follow a juice cleanse, but add in the raw vegan festive treats because I'm being a bit rebellious.
- Eat cookies shaped like Christmas trees at my yoga class because someone kindly brought them.
- Drop my evening yoga classes in favor of holiday parties because I couldn't say no to the Christmas tree cookies.
- Stop shopping for food because I think that I have dinner or drink plans every night, when really I don't.
- Eat all of the appetizers at the holiday parties, then go home and eat cashew nut ice-cream because I was still hungry and had nothing in the fridge.
- Replace my Herve Leger dress with sweatpants because it doesn't fit anymore.
Here's what I will be doing:
- Starting my day with a five minute meditation. (The Attunement App on my iPad is one of my favorites.)
- Designing my day during the meditation: how do I want to act and feel today?
- Visualizing myself gliding through the day with grace and making empowered food choices.
- Eating seasonal foods: pomegranate seeds, persimmons, clementines and four types of kale (curly, cavolo nero, red russian and premier).
- Sticking to my clean eating plan and allowing myself two weekly indulgences.
- Not berating myself if I eat or drink a little more.
- Taking a clutch to cocktail parties so I only have one hand for either food or a glass. (This advice was given to me by a New York socialite and it works!)
- Keeping my fridge stocked because I'll be home more than I think
- Enjoying a mini-meal at 5pm and 10pm (before and after the cocktail party) and skipping the appetizers. Avocado on Rayo Del Sol's raw gluten-free bread will appear frequently.
- Going to yoga class because I want to be there and that's where my friends are
- Wearing my dresses because they fit!
By following the above, my aim is to bring in the New Year leaner, cleaner, stronger and brighter.
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