Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all time, because it’s not about the presents, but about being present and grateful. I will have a house full of family and loved ones and I couldn’t be more excited and full of gratitude.

What are you grateful for? While you think about it, I’ll go first…I am so very grateful for YOU!

Each time I sit down to write my newsletter, share some inspiration, a recipe, or a special offer, I am filled with a deep sense of gratitude thinking about you, the receiver of my words.

There are many blogs out there, and I am beyond thankful you choose to read mine and to be a part of this community – your community.

Not only on Thanksgiving, a day of gratitude and thanks, but EVERY SINGLE DAY, I am so very grateful for you. Thank you!!

Weekly #healthtip — Mindful Eating

When it comes to meals and eating, how do you operate? Meaning, is it something you do out of habit, like eating at a certain time every day or always eating the same food. Do you eat standing up, in front of the TV, listening to a podcast? Do you eat out of boredom, because there is food in front of you, or because you are actually hungry?

These are questions that I encourage you to ask yourself and to check in with how you are feeling. I don’t want you to judge yourself for eating out of boredom or eating while watching TV, but I want you to recognize and to be aware of it. You cannot change something if you aren’t aware of it. Just because the clock says noon, doesn’t mean you should eat lunch…unless you are actually hungry!

Mindless eating leads to weight gain, illness, and feeling just plain yuck! Now, sometimes you can’t help it and you need to eat lunch while driving across town in order to get to your meeting and not be ravenous. Even in those times, it is still possible to be mindful. Instead of scarfing down food quickly, take a moment between bites to really enjoy it, let it digest, and check in with yourself throughout. Eating while doing something else is not being mindful, but you can bring mindfulness to it by being aware.

This is especially important to practice during the holidays when treats, snacks, and munchies galore are in full abundance at every office cubicle and gathering. Practice mindful eating, and ask yourself, “Am I hungry? Do I really want to eat this?” Only you can answer that and don’t judge yourself for it…simply be mindful of it.

May your Thanksgiving be full of joy, peace, immense gratitude and love (oh, and pumpkin pie, of course!). Happy Thanksgiving!

With so much love,

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