Healthy Thanksgiving Options the Whole Family Will Love
Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. My dad makes his yearly pilgrimage out west and I get to cook a feast for mine and my boyfriendâ€™s family. This year, we wanted to opt for something a little less traditional and more on the healthy side of things, so while I was coming up with my menu, I jotted down some other healthy Thanksgiving options the whole family will love.
I believe that the part of us that feels joy or sorrow is our soul and not our mind. Your mind can be happy or sad, but at some point, itâ€™s your soul or spirit that truly feels all the feelings. Connecting to your soul is as important as keeping your body and mind happy. Here are some exercises you can do to stay connected!
Happy Mind Exercise
A lot of what you can do for you mind is saying or writing down affirmations. These can be things you like about yourself or simple phrases like YOU ARE AWESOME. You ARE awesome. Everyone is. Donâ€™t let your mind tell you otherwise. Learning how to reverse negative thoughts is the best way to keep your mind happy!
Work/Life Balance… Sometimes itâ€™s hard to know if this actually exists. For someone that worries about work all the time, it was hard to shift to leaving work at work. Even if you have to worry about SOMETHING work related on a weekend, itâ€™s important to unwind after your workweek. That means, on Friday night, you need to turn off (put the cell phones away) and figure out what you need to do to bring your life back into you. Let go of work and bring yourself back to life. Here are some tips for unwinding after your workweek!
Learn to be Flexible
Parts of my life are very regimented. I have checklists for my checklists. I do things in order of importance, methodically, thoroughly… being sandbagged while Iâ€™m knee deep in my process often makes me anxious or even angry. Itâ€™s not that I canâ€™t handle switching gears or expecting the unexpected, I would just rather take time to reshuffle instead of completely switching gears. I guess you could call me anal, but I know that I have a hard time being flexible sometimes. I know how I want to get from A to B and thatâ€™s all that matters. But in life, which is already a true balancing act, we all need to learn to be flexible.
The Most Effective Cardio
A lot of people think that to lose weight and get the body you want, you have to do cardio. True. Cardio will help you burn fat. BUT, overtraining cardio will also start to eat your muscle. Muscle is what keeps you tone and helps you burn fat when youâ€™re not working out, so too much cardio will give you the result of “skinny fat”. Iâ€™ve been there.
A Little Romance
Anyone that’s ever been in a long-term relationship understands the comfort you feel with one another after a while. I know everyone freaks out over the idea of becoming “comfortable” in a relationship, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Don’t you want someone that you’re comfortable with?
Weightloss Wishes and Playboy Dreams
You need to look in the mirror and see your own successes and hard work. You need to look in the mirror and see and know that you are beautiful. You need to look in the mirror and know you are worth so much more than the people around you will ever know. Donâ€™t kill yourself for someone else.
In one-way or another, we should all practice reaching spiritual enlightenment. This in no way has to do with religion. Iâ€™m talking about finding and feeling a higher consciousness of ones self and the world around you. Feed your soul with all of the good vibrations of the universe and find understanding and meaning in life. Why? A flood of positive vibrations will flood your mind, body, and soul and youâ€™ll be able to handle whatever life throws you.
How many of you are reactionary? Before you fully assess a situation, youâ€™re already reacting? Iâ€™ve been guilty of this too. Whether itâ€™s over-analyzing or overthinking situations or not fully understanding a situation, flying off the handle is never good for you or anyone involved. There are times to get fired up and there are times we need to breathe. Learning to let the water roll off the duckâ€™s back is challenging. But, in order to keep your mind happy, you need to learn how to stay calm. Eventually youâ€™ll be able to remain calm in any situation.