Healthy Holidays

4 Ways to Interrupt Negative Thinking
Seeking happiness, joy, and fulfillment is a natural and evolutionary byproduct of your spirit progressing toward ever-increasing levels of expansion and awareness. Life, however, inevitably contains pain. When you become triggered by painful events, you experience mental and emotional turmoil. Negative thoughts and emotions feel heavy, dark, and burdensome. This collapses your awareness into defensiveness, anger, gloom, and worst-case scenario...
Transforming Our Habits Through Mindful Resolutions
For many of us, ringing in the new year with fresh resolutions is a great opportunity to bring awareness and attention to our aspirations to break free from our current unhealthy habits.Our vices fall under a category called Prajñāparādha, which is one of the most common hetu or causes of disease according to Ayurveda. It can be described in its...
Staying Balanced Over the Holidays
In the Northern Hemisphere, fall is coming to an end and we move into the winter season. During this time of year, people all around the globe are also preparing for a season of holidays. Many cultures organized rituals and celebrations around seasonal transitions that honor the cycling of nature, and the end of the year brings us opportunities to...
Om for the Holidays: Finding Your Center Amidst the Chaos
The good cheer, connection, and fun of the holiday season is often juxtaposed with stress, overwhelm, and pressures. Fortunately, Ayurveda offers practical strategies to mitigate energy depletion and maximize enjoyment during the most festive time of the year.Ayurveda approaches wellbeing through the lens of five elements. By intrinsically and extrinsically balancing space, air, water, fire, and earth, one can maintain...
Reducing Toxins During the Peak of Holiday Season
During the winter season and holidays, many of us have the tendency to want to stay inside, snuggle up, share cookies, food, and wine with friends and family. While having small amounts of our favorite holiday treats is an innocent celebration, if we over-indulge for too long, we will inevitably start facing the consequences of imbalance and the increase of...
A Post-Holiday Reset
Hopefully you enjoyed the holidays with friends and family, celebrated the season, and ate some of your favorite foods.During this time of year, we all loosen up on some of our routine in order to connect to others and balance our regular yearly routine with some fun. That being said, now that the holidays are over you may notice some...
Holiday Recipes with an Ayurvedic Twist
This holiday season, we may find ourselves torn between eating nutritious foods and sharing in holiday treats. Ayurveda can help us do both at once, while including one of Ayurveda’s Four Aims of Life: enjoyment. These are some simple variations on holiday recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth and appetite, as well as your agni.By swapping out common ingredients...
Holiday Recipes: The Best Vegan Shepherd's Pie
Over the past few years, my husband and I have become the hosts for holiday gatherings. This is a bittersweet passing of the torch so to speak. I have many warm memories of my parents hosting, but it is now very meaningful to be able to share our recipes and home with family and friends. Cooking collectively and enjoying delicious...
Holiday Recipes: Add Sweetness to Your Life With Vegan, Gluten-Free Pecan Pie
As we planned our first annual Friendsgiving gathering since relocating to Kentucky, my husband and I discussed what our contributions would be with our friends. Planning is not only an essential part of the process, but also very fun as we gather ideas, expand our culinary creativity, and anticipate the delicious food and warm conversations we will share with friends....
Holiday Recipes: A Vegan, Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Pie the Whole Family Can Enjoy
Sweet potatoes are delicious, versatile, and align very well with the fall season. They are very soothing to the digestive system, especially when cooked with ginger. We include ginger in this recipe for this reason. Sweet potatoes are high in fiber and antioxidants, providing amazing benefits to gut health. I try to have ginger in some form every day, as...
Holiday Recipes: Make This Lentil Loaf the Centerpiece of Your Next Gathering
Our lentil loaf recipe is one of our first choices as the weather cools and we usher in Autumn and Winter. We prepare this dish for gatherings with family and friends, special occasions, and to enjoy this meal together as a family. Last weekend, we had family in town for the first time in a long time. The weather was...
Holiday Recipes: Vegan, Gluten-Free Stuffing with Carrots, Fennel, and Apple
Stuffing seems to be synonymous with the holiday season. Over the years since we’ve become the hosts for holiday dinners with family, my husband and I have worked on a healthy vegan and gluten-free stuffing recipe. One that is not only vegan and gluten-free, but also oil-free. We’ve finally found one that we’re happy with, and there are many variations...
Halloween Treat: 5-Ingredient Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
October is here. Leaves are changing their hues to bright orange, red, and yellow. It’s a time that encourages coziness in the home, introspection as we move through the change of seasons, and a wonderful time to be out in nature. The temperatures are cooler, making walks and hikes incredibly lovely as we move through the vibrant forest.As a mom...
Welcome the New Year with Intention
As we move into the new year, whatever you experienced this past year, now is the time to let go of and explore the adventures that lie ahead. Times of transition give us the opportunity to re-evaluate our lives, perhaps making any necessary adjustments to realign with our spiritual goals. Goodbye 2023 Oprah Winfrey said, “We can’t become what we...
How to Radiate Peace During the Holidays
The daily forces that make your life less than peaceful are magnified during the holidays. Holiday bustle is a nice way of referring to added stress, family conflicts, overeating, and enduring winter’s blast.Yet if you can radiate peace, you will bring the joy and grace that the holidays are all about.The first and most practical way to radiate peace is...
How to Avoid Holiday Distress with Your Family
For some people, dealing with your family can be a stressful time during the holidays. Learn how to deal with this distress from the experts at Chopra.
10 Lessons You Can Learn from Giving
Can you remember how you felt the last time you gave your time, energy, or money to something you care deeply about? Perhaps you’re thinking of how nourishing it felt when you volunteered to make a warm, nutritious Thanksgiving meal for women experiencing homelessness, or donated your time or money to your favorite animal rescue, or even when you held...