Things to be grateful for this festive season
Let’s talk about festive benefits. Yes, benefits. We are always talking about how terrible the festive season is for our health; battling the Christmas bulge, fighting weight gain, and physical inactivity. But this article is about something far more important. Gratitude.
Food, glorious food!
Variety in the Australian traditions of Christmas
But if you do, we see some great nutrients included with any style of lunch you choose to put on. We often see many colours with the roast veggies or salad put on display, and this offers us a broad range of healthy nutrients. We also get quality protein from seafood and poultry and other vegetarian options presented at this time of year.
And my favourite thing about the festive season… people put a lot of effort into their meals. We take joy in the cooking process, the preparation and the fun we want to bring to the table. Eating is social and celebrating over a meal can be a very positive occasion for our relationship with food. Of course, we still don’t want to go overboard!
Music and laughter…
It’s easy to take good company for granted, particularly if this time of year brings with it other stressors too.
It can be easy to feel stressed and worried with all that seems necessary in planning your festive occasion of choice, but for my last motivational Monday for 2016, I’d like to encourage you all (and myself) to take joy in the process, joy in the preparation, and joy in the eating and drinking.
You know what to do in order to try to stay healthy at this time of year – keep that in mind too. I look forward to another healthy, happy year in 2017!