Holiday’s can be a joyous time spent with family and friends, events and activities, and eating delicious food. The holiday’s can also bring about feelings of stress and worry from fear of over-eating favorite foods. Some may say to avoid certain foods and enjoy others, or give tips and tricks to compensate for over-eating.
So how can the holiday experience be joyful, and not stressful? Try some of these mindful ways to help increase your enjoyment around food during the holiday.
1.Enjoy your favorite holiday foods.
Avoiding your favorite holiday foods causes cravings to increase, not decrease. Giving yourself permission to have the food you love means you are more likely to enjoy it.
2.Honor your hunger and fullness.
Skipping meals to compensate for favorite foods will only lead to increased hunger. By eating adequately and a variety of foods, you are more likely to enjoy yourself.
3.Make time for self-care.
Holiday’s can be filled with many schedules, stress, shopping, and social obligations. Taking the time to sleep, breathe, and move your body in a way you enjoy will ensure you are more in tune with your body.
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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
2 cups all-purpose baking flour
1 cup quick oatmeal
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1/2 teaspoon allspice, ground
1/4 teaspoon cloves, ground
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 egg, large
1 cup pumpkin purée
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1.Preheat oven to 350° F.
2.Combine flour, oatmeal, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice and cloves into a large bowl.
3.In a separate mixing bowl, beat together softened butter with brown and white sugars.
4.Add in egg, pumpkin, and vanilla until mixed well. Lastly, stir in raisins and nuts.
5.Drop by rounded tablespoons onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown and middle is set.
6.Remove from oven. Cool the cookies slightly and then remove from pan to wire rack to cool completely.
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Nutrition Information per Serving: 5.3 grams total fat, 2.6 grams saturated fat, 17 grams carbohydrate, 0.7 gram fiber, 1.3 grams protein, 30 milligrams sodium, 54 milligrams potassium, 11.3 grams sugar
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