As we approach the holidays this week we’re always faced with challenges. Challenges around food, family, and overeating.
Let’s make it as least stressful as possible. 
Today I’m going to offer you some useful tips and tricks for busting through he holidays with no regret. Let’s move into December feeling Healthy, Fearless and Free.

Practice self-care and self-love no matter what. 
Start the morning of the holiday getting centered and grounded. Show yourself a little love with some meditation, a work out, some yoga, a smoothie or Shakeology, setting an intention—whatever is going to set you up for a mindful day and a day of success.

Plan for pushy friends and family. 
Don’t feel obligated to eat more food then you want. Be mindful. If you’re trying to watch portions, eat on smaller plates. If you’re worried about what you’re going to eat then bring a dish or two to share. You can still have just as much fun without overeating, practicing gratitude, and enjoying the time with friends and family.

Remove any distractions and honor this time. 
Don’t be consumed by social media. Embrace this time with your friends and family.
Ditch the email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, etc. Honor this time. It only happens once a year! 
Don’t be a grazer; make a plate. 
This is so hard!! I get it… But try not to be a grazer. If you’re cooking, try staying hydrated so you don’t pick as much. Wait until it’s time to eat and then make a plate. 
Use smaller dishes & savor. 
To avoid overeating try using smaller plates. Take time as you eat, savor your food, and enjoy the experience. It takes time to prepare these meals so take time to enjoy it. 
Don’t just eat it to eat. 
Take a little inventory and scope out the spread. Don’t just eat it to eat. Pick your favorites, don’t load up on useless calories and save room for the sweet and savory dishes you look forward to once a year. 
Try not to hang out in the kitchen. 
This is the hardest thing for me. I love gathering in the kitchen. Try to avoid hovering in the kitchen and picking. Stay at arms length of the food, so when it’s meal time your ready to roll. 

Slow down and chew! 
Take time and chew your food! Be mindful. Remember, digestion starts in the mouth. Try placing your fork down between bites…. This is HUGE! This will slow down the digestion and avoid overeating. 

This is such a magical time of year and we shouldn’t take it for granted. Hug your family, say I LOVE YOU, and feel the peace, joy and gratitude Thanksgiving has to offer.  




Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Sandwich

With this sandwich, Thanksgiving doesn’t just have to happen once a year. In just a few minutes, you can enjoy a taste of those Thanksgiving flavors whether it’s November or July. Who are we to judge?

Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Sandwich
Total Time: 17 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 7 min.
2 slices sprouted whole grain bread
½ oz. brie cheese, thinly sliced
2 oz. sliced roasted turkey breast
1 Tbsp cranberry sauce, no sugar added
½ tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
½ tsp. olive oil
1. Top one slice of bread with cheese, turkey, cranberry sauce, thyme, and second slice of bread. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium high heat.
3. Add sandwich; cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip, cook for 3 to 4 more minutes or until cheese has melted.
Tip: Sandwich can be grilled without oil in a counter-top two-sided grill or panini maker.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Love & Gratitude,

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