Sorry to keep you waiting on pins & pine-needles for more Holiday-Time Tips! After all, it won’t be too long before we find ourselves entering our Super Bowl season here instead…
But, thankfully, it’s still only the first week of Advent: our Season of Hope & Preparation. How Wonderful!
Yet it can also be a season of many challenges—to body, mind, & spirit… A time of year that’s well known for setting us back (if not completely derailing us) on the way of wellness & weight management.
SO IS IT HOPELESS, THEN, TO BELIEVE OUR YEAR SHOULD BE ENDING [AND OUR LITURGICAL YEAR BEGINNING] IN A BETTER, MORE HEALTHFUL WAY??
Of course, it’s not hopeless!! …And hope (& triumph) can certainly be found through the very thing that the Season itself proclaims to us with joy… Be Prepared! 🙂 It is in being prepared that we will best meet the extra challenges of this extra busy time of year!
In recalling the initial “Tis a New Season” post upon Thanksgiving, we had 3 options—and 3 tips [See: https://thewaytonourishforlife.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/tis-a-new-season ].
Now, as we move forward, it’s important for me to place a greater emphasis on the call for preparation, in order to make option C (rather than options A/B) a reality… which means we need a plan. But let me re-assure you that it doesn’t have to be a complicated matter [and I assure you, also, that I’m not about going to extremes, as I hopefully indicated within my earlier post]. Our “plan”, however, will be what enables us to stay alert, and keeps us from being caught off-guard by challenges that ultimately chip away at joy & nourishment, and ultimately at our health & wellness.
But first, what are these challenges? Let’s take a quick look at one for today.
Challenge #1: ↑ Opportunity: FOOD… It’s Everywhere!
Home—Work—Stores—Parties—Church—Offices (even doctors’ reception areas)…
In Sight, Within Reach, Easy, Encouraged:
Candies, Cookies, Donuts, Breads, Hors d’oeuvres, Pies, Cakes… around every corner… On shelves, countertops, tables, desks; In cupboards, drawers, refrigerators, and in so many hands… A snowball of opportunities filled with items that foster fatigue, cravings, guilt, bloating, weight gain, or illness when it goes too far.
Today’s reflection, therefore, is to consider your own personal challenges to option C. And to consider your surroundings, since truly we are influenced [positively or negatively; virtue or vice] by that which surrounds us. Might those little guys (M&M–now dressed in green & red, of course, for the “holidays”) always be trying to get your attention at work? What habits might make you more vulnerable to this everyday challenge [such as skipping meals]? What could you do differently this year to be better prepared?
Today’s Holiday-Time Tips:
- Raise your awareness of surroundings, and be pro-active about minimizing temptations: More Out of Sight, More Out of Reach, & More Inconvenient.
- Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate… throughout the day. Don’t just try to get your water needs over with quickly at one meal/snack.
- Continue on with initial tips from the first “Tis a New Season” post. https://thewaytonourishforlife.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/tis-a-new-season
More talk of challenges & tips to come. Hope–Prepare–Enjoy!−EF 12/4/2013
©2013.–The Way to Nourish for Life: Ideas expressed within this post are those of The Way to Nourish for Life RD [EF].
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