Sparklers, the time has arrived. We are stepping into the holiday zone where ~all the treats~ are available and in your face ~all the time~. The holidays can be a danger zone for a lot of us trying to keep our healthy habits strong. I have definitely found myself face first in destructive delights with no memory of what led me to land there, deliriously over-served on sugar. We are human. We are messy. Traditions, treats, family time, and nostalgia all play a role in making this time challenging when it comes to keeping your sparkle shining.
My personal recommendation for this celebration of gratitude is to avoid trying to restrict yourself on the actual Thanksgiving Thursday. Enjoy the day, appreciate all that you have and be grateful. Do NOT let it turn into a free-for-all from Turkey Day until New Years!
A few tips:
- Eat breakfast (ideally with protein and healthy fat)
- Have your usual coffee/tea/morning rituals
- Stretch your body in a way that feels good (I love slow stretching and yoga poses)
- Reflect and journal on what you are thankful for
- Be aware and prepared for the normal stress of family gatherings triggering old stories, old habits, old patterns
- Know when you need to step away, take a walk, or meditate again
- Enjoy the hell out of that pumpkin pie
A savoring practice: Enjoy the dessert you choose with every sense!
- View the beauty of your selected delight
- Listen to the your loved ones’ discussing it
- Smell the spices and sweetness
- Touch it to experience the softness, crunch, silkiness
- Taste it slowly, mindful of the entire sensory experience
The name of the game here is not deprivation; it is mindful, savoring, present enjoyment. As you prepare for the big day, consider these journal prompts as a way to aid expanding your mindfulness!
- What are my favorite Thanksgiving memories?
- What are my favorite Thanksgiving foods?
- What do I look forward to the most on Thanksgiving?
- How do I want to feel on Thanksgiving?
- How do I want to feel on Black Friday and through the post holiday weekend?
- For what am I most grateful?
- For whom am I most grateful?
Happy Thanksgiving, dear Sparklers! I am so grateful for you and your sparkle.