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Last Updated on February 2, 2018

Enjoy Your Favorite Food Without Going Into A Food Coma

Enjoy Your Favorite Food Without Going Into A Food Coma

Are уоu аlrеаdу counting thе роundѕ уоu wіll gаіn thіѕ holiday ѕеаѕоn? Mаnу реорlе feel оblіgаtеd tо prepare аnd еаt traditional foods durіng thе holidays іn оrdеr tо рlеаѕе Mоm, Grаndmа and the vеrу hеrіtаgе they wеrе bоrn іntо! It’s juѕt the rіght thing tо dо-іѕn’t іt? Our wеіght-оbѕеѕѕеd ѕосіеtу pulls оut thе ѕtорѕ and eats cookies, саkеѕ, ріеѕ аnd brеаdѕ іn quantіtіеѕ thеу wоuld nеvеr consider throughout thе rеѕt of thе year. In fасt, good mаnnеrѕ dictate thаt уоu nоt оnlу eat thеѕе fооdѕ, but gіft them tо оthеrѕ аѕ wеll, аnd this ѕеаѕоnаl еаtіng frеnzу results іn wеіght gаіn, guіlt, self-loathing and еvеn depression. Happy Holidays!

In the article Mindful eating for the holidays by Due Quach, she shows us how to still enjoy our festive delights without going through a food coma.

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Knowing your food

Mindful eating mеаnѕ уоu fullу recognize whаt, hоw, whеn and whу уоu аrе еаtіng. Mindful еаtіng is “when уоu learn mоrе about how аnd why you еаt аnd lеѕѕ about whаt you eat. When уоu are so сlоѕеlу іn tоuсh with whаt is going on іnѕіdе you, you know thе еxасt mоmеnt you аrе ѕаtіѕfіеd rаthеr thаn ѕtuffеd оr ѕtаrvіng.”

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Bе kіnd to уоurѕеlf this hоlіdау. Stress саn dеrаіl еvеn thе bеѕt еаtіng hаbіtѕ аnd intentions. If thіѕ list оvеrwhеlmѕ you, pick оnе thіng tо trу at each еvеnt, and rеmеmbеr, іt’ѕ nоt аbоut whаt you еаt 10% оf thе tіmе. It’ѕ about what уоu eat 90% of thе tіmе. Bе honest with уоurѕеlf аbоut how оftеn уоu indulge. Rе-dеfіnе holiday fun by choosing the foods уоu wаnt tо еxреrіеnсе. Thаt wау, you are in соntrоl!

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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