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November 26th, 2013

5 Yogi Tips For Staying Healthy During The Holidays

By Manduka Ambassador, Rosie Acosta

Tis the season of delicious food and amazing people! This is by far one of my favorite times of the year. I do find it a bit of a challenge to keep it together during this time of year. It’s hard not to go overboard on all the glorious food that is readily available. I try to keep a very wholesome eating regimen for the most part, however I take full advantage of the special holiday foods that anywhere in sight. Yes…I have fallen prey to the “food coma” on more than a few occasions.

This is the best time of year to practice good eating habits, and a little self-care in action. I love reading my fellow Manduka Ambassador blogs about Gratitude and how this affects their lives. I find it to be the best time of year to be grateful for everything around us. It is way to easy to fall into the rabbit hole of “Holiday Stress”. That being said, I wanted to share a few tips that help me stay healthy during this time of year:

1. MOVE YOUR BODY: We all know that now is prime time to keep it moving. Taking a yoga class, going for a bike ride or a run can be a great way to take your mind off the stress that comes with overeating or your “holiday duties”. This is such a huge thing for me to be able to release any stress or tension, it makes it a little easier to eat the good stuff as opposed to the vegan chocolate peanut butter cupcakes {this works 70% of the time}.

2. SLOW YOUR ROLL: When you eat, its best to remember to SLOW DOWN. I used to feel so sad when I was done because I felt like I didn’t even get to taste my meal? I have learned to slow down. Take a few breaths between bites, and remember that your food is not going anywhere. Portion control is also key during a Thanksgiving Day feast. Plus, you can enjoy a wider variety if you serve yourself smaller portions.

3. BYOD: Because of my food allergies, it is challenging for me to go visit friends and family during this time. I do NOT want to be the person inquiring AT the dinner table what specific ingredients they used to make a very thoughtful meal, as I examine the dish thoroughly {which I have done in the past} Instead, I opt to build my own dish that I know I can eat. Plus, it’s also a way for me to bring something to the table.

4. ENJOY: What is the point of this traditional feast if you can’t enjoy yourself? I know that for myself there have been times when the inner critic gets a little loud when I’ve surpassed the ‘indulge’ phase. The truth is, it happens. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you do. Stay positive and just allow yourself to enjoy your meal. One or two pieces of pie isn’t the end of the world. It is a perfect time to practice Ahimsa (non-violence), and remember you are a sacred living being ☺.

5. GRATITUDE: Having gratitude is a particularly amazing experience for a yogi. We live our lives to find joy in everything we do and with every person in our lives. What a great way to show our appreciation for just BEING. Give thanks to everything and everyone around you.

I wish you all the best Holiday Season, with love… Rosie

5 Yogi Tips for Staying Healthy during the Holidays

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