Prepare and plan all details of the day prior. By this I mean, make all the decisions regarding meals, meeting places, timings and even what to wear!
This will allow you to focus more on the day, the moments and importantly the people you share each moment with. It also removes a little stress from the day, enables you to get the most out of what matters and that’s giving, receiving and sharing. To expand a little – may I suggest looking at calorie density (that is, the amount of calories per kilo or pound of food), filling the table with colours and energy giving food. So take for example the following foods – have a look at how many calories roughly, are in a pound of each:
– broccoli has 130 calories
– kale; 130 calories
– carrot; 195 calories
– potato; 490 calories
– berries; 140 caloriies
– pear; 270 calories
– buckwheat; 420 calories
– brown rice; 500 calories
– chicken breast; 750 calories
– pork tenderloin; 750 calories
– black beans; 600 calories
– cottage cheese (2% fat); 400 calories.

Now, compare that with some other – perhaps poorer choices that are more calories dense, yet provide fewer energy boosting nutrients including:
– sourdough; 1,240 calories
– most nuts; 2,600 calories (note that nuts are not a “poor” choice as such, they just require portion control which is notoriously difficult!)
– cheddar cheese; 1,820 calories
– butter/margarine; 3,200 calories
– choc-chip cookies/oreo’s; 2,200 calories
– pretzels; 1,770 calories
– plain potato chips; 2,400 calories

So, as you notice – fresh food not only provides greater nutrients and energy, but you can actually eat more for fewer calories than processed food options. As a health coach student, this was introduced a few weeks ago and something I’ve been investigating and implementing.

So to add more joy, and remove stress tot his special day, fill the table with colourful, fresh foods; pre-plan the smaller, task-related aspects of the day; but be ok with the notion that things don’t always go to plan. If you do fet stressed, overwhelmed, or just need time to yourself – honour that feeling and go outside or even just to the bathroom and take some deep, purposeful breaths, reminding yourself that it’s a time for love, happiness, giving, receiving and integrating with those that mean the most to you.

If, like me, you aren’t spending Christmas with family – make a list, including phone numbers, and place and empty box next to each one and set aside time, or pre-arrange to call each individual. To take a step further, you could include a few words next to each name and summarise what they mean to you!

I hope these ideas help and you can switch off the phone, disconnect from social media and for one day, pay full attention to those around you!

Happy Christmas readers!<
Prepare and plan all details of the day prior. By this I mean, make all the decisions regarding meals, meeting places, timings and even what to wear!
This will allow you to focus more on the day, the moments and importantly the people you share each moment with. It also removes a little stress from the day, enables you to get the most out of what matters and that’s giving, receiving and sharing. To expand a little – may I suggest looking at calorie density (that is, the amount of calories per kilo or pound of food), filling the table with colours and energy giving food. So take for example the following foods – have a look at how many calories roughly, are in a pound of each:
– broccoli has 130 calories
– kale; 130 calories
– carrot; 195 calories
– potato; 490 calories
– berries; 140 caloriies
– pear; 270 calories
– buckwheat; 420 calories
– brown rice; 500 calories
– chicken breast; 750 calories
– pork tenderloin; 750 calories
– black beans; 600 calories
– cottage cheese (2% fat); 400 calories.

Now, compare that with some other – perhaps poorer choices that are more calories dense, yet provide fewer energy boosting nutrients including:
– sourdough; 1,240 calories
– most nuts; 2,600 calories (note that nuts are not a “poor” choice as such, they just require portion control which is notoriously difficult!)
– cheddar cheese; 1,820 calories
– butter/margarine; 3,200 calories
– choc-chip cookies/oreo’s; 2,200 calories
– pretzels; 1,770 calories
– plain potato chips; 2,400 calories

So, as you notice – fresh food not only provides greater nutrients and energy, but you can actually eat more for fewer calories than processed food options. As a health coach student, this was introduced a few weeks ago and something I’ve been investigating and implementing.

So to add more joy, and remove stress tot his special day, fill the table with colourful, fresh foods; pre-plan the smaller, task-related aspects of the day; but be ok with the notion that things don’t always go to plan. If you do fet stressed, overwhelmed, or just need time to yourself – honour that feeling and go outside or even just to the bathroom and take some deep, purposeful breaths, reminding yourself that it’s a time for love, happiness, giving, receiving and integrating with those that mean the most to you.

If, like me, you aren’t spending Christmas with family – make a list, including phone numbers, and place and empty box next to each one and set aside time, or pre-arrange to call each individual. To take a step further, you could include a few words next to each name and summarise what they mean to you!

I hope these ideas help and you can switch off the phone, disconnect from social media and for one day, pay full attention to those around you!

Happy Christmas readers!

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