Next week begins the season of holiday hubbub that probably won’t stop until the new year. For most of us, we look forward to celebrating with our friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, these celebrations often revolve around libations and foods that are loaded with carbs, sugar and fat. All of the good nourishing energy we receive from spending time with our families and friends can be hampered by overindulging in sweets and drinks that leave us filling tired and depleted.

Here are some tips to help you stay mindful of your health this time of year and still enjoy the gifts of the season:

  1. When attending a potluck meal, opt to bring a healthier dish. Cooking magazine sites like www.healthyliving.com or www.eatingwell.com have healthier versions of your holiday favorites. At least you know if you bring a healthy dish, there is one thing you can enjoy without feeling guilty.
  2. Take time out to savor your meal. At parties and events, we are often in conversation and on the move while consuming our food. Make a point to take your plate and sit down somewhere to really enjoy the many offerings of the seasons. Be present to each bite, feel the textures, notice the flavors and slow down . Odds are you will eat less and enjoy your meal more when engaging in mindful eating.
  3. Drink plenty of water! Alcohol can be a great accompaniment to a holiday festivity when consumed in moderation. While it can relax us, it also dehydrates us especially this time of year. Drinking lots of water before, during and after parties, will minimize any over indulgence and its’ after-effects.
  4. Remember the true reasons for the holiday season. Whichever holidays you celebrate this time of year, take time to connect with the spiritual aspects of them. Nourishing our spirit is just as important as nourishing our bodies. If you are hosting an event, don’t be afraid to include a moment to acknowledge your beliefs and to remind yourself and your guests why you are gathered together. It can set the tone for a more meaningful experience.