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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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How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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