How to navigate holiday eating with mindful attention
Yesterday, Angela Mazur and I led a four hour Mindful Eating workshop at Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, CT. I am so passionate about spreading the word about how to heal the struggle with our relationship with food. For many people, each new day brings another habitual response of reaching for foods that ultimately deaden their inner vibrancy. We live in a country where food is plentiful, where choices are cheap, large and processed. We get addicted to these foods and often are unaware of the impact this way of eating has in our life
Would’t it be wonderful to wake up feeling energized, refreshed and ready to embrace the day? This could be your reality. All it takes is a gentle turning inward and noticing how what you are eating makes you feel and then making changes accordingly. We are creatures of habit. If our current habits aren’t serving us, the good news is that we can slowly make changes and create new habits that in time are part of our daily routine.
So back to holidays! This time of year can be a food frenzy for most of us. We just survived the copious amounts of Halloween candy. If you were able to stay away from the sugary treats present at work and home, now the stores are enticing us with slashing prices on their leftover supplies.
Take a moment and picture yourself welcoming in 2020. How would you like to feel on the inside? Would a goal of feeling grounded, present to your life, open-hearted, motivated, healthy entice you? What would you need to do differently from this moment and all moments during this hectic season of one holiday merging into the next? Is there one small change you could make? We often want the instant fix, the instant new body. Transformation takes discipline and time. It is worth it though.
Angela and I are offering our Mindful Eating workshop at Copper Beech again on January 26th from 1 to 5 pm. The website for further information is www.copperbeechinstitute.org
It would be wonderful if you could join us as we explore how to break the habits with food that create pain, lack of energy, negative feelings about oneself.