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November 29th, 2012

Healthy Eating For The Holiday Season

By Manduka Ambassador Rosie Acosta

With all the holiday happenings like shopping, sending cards, planning parties and eating…one can get easily frazzled and overwhelmed. These are the moments to which overeating and overindulgence sadly takes feat. It is unfortunate that this time of year usually results in an extra pound or two. It is so easy to fall prey to all the delicious and rich holiday treats that surround us this time of year. There are many things that we can do to keep it together during this time. Below are some ways I’ve found helpful to keep it healthy during the holidays.

1. The Reality Of It All: Now is NOT the best time to try and “diet”:
That’s the truth, you know...and I know it. So instead of creating a world of anxiety for yourself just try to be conscientious about where you currently are, and where you want to be in regard to your health. Enjoy yourself; don’t fret if you decide to indulge here and there. Stay present with it all, instead of telling yourself “Ugh, I shouldn’t have eaten that…” don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead try this, “I ate it, I enjoyed it” be kind to yourself. Every moment is a new moment to try and do better next time.

2. Relieve Holiday Stress:
We all know that now is prime time for some yoga. A little stillness and a little mind silence can work wonders this time of year. If you have a regular practice or exercise regimen try to keep it up during the holidays. This is a great way to prevent any extra lbs. and perhaps work off some of that delicious pumpkin pie.

3. Don’t Focus on the Food:
Rather than focusing on the plethora of holiday treats, turn the focus on an activity. It is a great time for family, friends and community. Perhaps play a board game, make wreaths, or even a gingerbread house. These are fantastic ways to enjoy what the holidays are actually about: spending time with people who you love.

4. Overeating Quick-fix:
If you happen to overeat during a meal, go light on the next one. It takes 3,500 calories to gain a pound, and unless you ate dinner at Paula Dean’s house…one piece of pie is not going to make you gain weight. Don’t worry, but refrain from eating the entire pie.

5. Check The Menu Beforehand:
If you show up to a dinner party hungry, it is inevitable that you’re going to fill your plate to its circumferential capacity. It’s like going to the grocery store when you’re hungry, which is never a good idea. Before you begin to fill your plate, check out what is being served. Include veggies and fruits to keep your plate balanced and avoid foods that aren’t necessarily your favorite.

The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the holidays. This is one of the few times of the year when you can really enjoy all the sweet treats without feeling like you’ve fallen off the wagon. If you happen to over-indulge, be honest and loving with yourself and treat yourself with compassion . We are all entitled to live a little. Remember that a healthy lifestyle means nourishing your body and your mind with everything it needs when it needs it.

Keepin’ it Light: Organic Mexican Girl Favorite Holiday Recipe

Here is one of my favorite salads for the holidays. My Granny used to make it every year.

Ensalada De Nochebuena (Christmas Eve Salad)

*Vegan, *Gluten-Free, *Vegetarian and 100% Delicious!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons organic orange juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 bag of mixed green salad
1 cup of spinach
2 apples, peeled and sliced
2 oranges, peeled and segmented
2 bananas, peeled and sliced
1 cup fresh pineapple cubes (or canned)
2 beets, cooked and cut
1/2 cup raw almonds sliced

Directions:

1. To make dressing, whisk together olive oil, orange juice, vinegar, salt, and cilantro in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Arrange the mixed greens on the bottom of a glass bowl and layer fruit and beets over it.

To learn more about Rosie , and for more delicious recipes, go to: www.organicmexicangirl.com

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