Happy Advent all! …in our Season of Hope & Preparation! …
Still, yet, it can also be a season of many, many challenges [to body, mind, & spirit!]… in this 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!
So, in recalling the previous “Tis the Season…” reflection here on The Way to Nourish… we had 3 options [+3 tips]…
And, now, in moving forward, it’s important to place a greater emphasis on the call for preparation, in order that we may make option C… to be joyful and nourished at reality—rather than options A/B [bringing us to be unhealthy, stressed; bloated & fatigued]… 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.
Home… Work… Stores… Parties… Church… Offices… Reception areas (even in doctors’ offices)!…
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, and More Inconvenient.
- 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 previous “Tis the Season to Eat, Drink, and Be… ” post.
More talk of challenges & tips to come. Hope—Prepare—Enjoy! −EF 12/10/2014 God Bless.
©2013 [revised 2014]. The Way to Nourish for Life: Ideas expressed within this post are those of The Way to Nourish for Life RD [EF].
Note: Please refer to ABOUT section of “The Way to Nourish for Life” for caveat. [Red candy image source: Wikimedia Commons.]