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Truly Joyful Holiday Gatherings

The holiday season means family and 2020 is no different even if those gatherings end up being virtual for some members of the family. It’s easy to get bogged down in details, caught up in old drama, and turned upside down with temptation. With just a little bit of careful planning, you can take steps to stay healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally so that you can really enjoy spending time with the people you love. Here are some tips to help you stay centered:

Release attachment to perfection.

Chaos is the very nature of the Universe. This evening might not be perfect. Accept that, whether it’s glitchy Zoom call gathering, a spilled dessert, or an unruly puppy, something may go wrong. Laugh if it does.

Practice Gratitude. Remember the reason you’re together ( in person or virtually)…to recognize and celebrate your relationships with people you love and who love you back. Thank the Universe for bringing them into your life. The rest is unimportant.

Keep the menu delicious and healthy at the same time. Healthy foods are delicious, too. If you are the one in charge of cooking, plan a menu loaded with fresh, seasonal vegetables that is pleasing to both the body and the palate. Roasted root vegetables, baked sweet potatoes, and a large salad will give everyone something healthy and satisfying to add to their plate.

Limit your alcohol consumption. Enjoy one or two drinks, alternate cocktails with water, or dilute your wine by adding seltzer and having a spritzer.

Fill your plate with healthy foods first. As the platters are passed, choose healthier dishes first, and then take just a small portion of the treat or two that tempt you most. Eating healthy isn’t about depriving yourself of the things you love.

All my best for a truly joyous Holiday!

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Kristin Pomeroy ©2018 The Vibrant Living Project