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The One Secret to a Healthy & Happy Holiday Season

We are just over a month away from Christmas, and already I’ve noticed that some of my client sessions have shifted to what I call “holiday talk” – panic and fear around managing the mountains of baking, multiple holiday events, and of course, the big family dinner.

To be honest, it pains me a little that many of the articles and blogs that are out there this time of year talk about how to “survive” a season that’s supposedly about happiness and joy. I, too, was one of those people who claimed that replacing butter with applesauce in your Christmas cookies or celebrating the season without food should be part of your holiday survival toolkit.

While these tips mean well and can be helpful, the unintended consequence is that they can make some people feel guilty about celebrating the holidays the way that most normally do – baking and eating buttery, sugary cookies from recipes that have been passed down many generations, or indulging in a hearty family meal (plus a few drinks, of course!)

So, this year, I’m boiling my advice down to a single tip.

Set an Intention

Ask yourself, “How do I want to feel this holiday season?

Happy? Joyful? Merry? Grateful? Calm? Peaceful? Relaxed? (Had to flip through a few greeting cards there for inspiration 😉)

Use that intention to guide you throughout the holiday season – check in with yourself regularly and ask whether what you’re doing, thinking or eating is helping you move toward that intention, pulling away from it, or simply neutral. Will eating this one rum ball bring me joy? What if I ate three? The whole platter?

Challenge yourself to think of different ways to get closer to your intention, perhaps outside of your usual customs and celebrations. I also invite you to be curious, and experiment with how different things actually make you feel, instead of simply assuming how they might make you feel – you might be surprised!

You may want to choose a single intention that you carry for the entire holiday season, or you may find that as the days and weeks pass, that this intention changes. Alternatively, some find it helpful to purposefully set a different intention for each occasion or event that comes up. For example, feeling patient and generous while shopping for gifts, thoughtful and kind while writing cards, and peaceful at the dinner table.

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My intention this holiday season is to feel relaxed and grateful. How about you? Let’s stay accountable to each other in the comments below.

4 Comments

  • Rosemary on Dec 22, 2016 Reply

    Your tips for the holiday are most helpful and I hope to remember them when I am in front of some foods that I love. I do want to feel joyful and thankful this season. I don’t need the guilt. Thank you for the tips. I look forward to speaking to you in the new year.

    Happy Holidays Vincci

    • Vincci Tsui on Dec 22, 2016 Reply

      Happy holidays, Rosemary! I’m glad you are finding the tips helpful.

  • Lori on Nov 26, 2016 Reply

    Thank you for this. I struggle during the holiday season. For numerous reasons. To soothe the struggle I eat. With the abundance of “goodies” at the office and received as gifts and at parties and gatherings, it’s so easy to do. Your advice makes so much sense and goes along perfectly with all I’m working on in managing my emotional eating. I’m going to follow your advice. Thanks!

    • Vincci Tsui on Nov 27, 2016 Reply

      Thanks for your comment, Lori! I’m so grateful to hear that this blog post resonated with you. Wishing you and yours a joyful and healthy holiday season.

      PS: Thanks for sharing the link to your blog! I will have to give some of the recipes a try!

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