As we head into the holiday season, we’re pausing to reflect on the healthy habits we are practicing with the participants in our program. The holidays are a time dedicated to family, traditions, making memories, and food. Many of our fondest traditions and memories are centered around food and eating, and that fondness is one of the things that makes our experience of food so enjoyable.
We recently read a great article (1) on positive food messaging and how to approach eating through the holiday season. It’s about mindfulness, moderation, and enjoyment. Author Cara Rosenbloom is a registered dietitian whose focus is on nourishing the body and relishing the practice of healthy eating (no pun intended).
Our favorite mindful eating and food positive tips from Cara are below:
- What I eat every day (throughout the rest of the year) is what matters most.
- I deserve to enjoy holiday meals without guilt.
- I have the right to eat seconds or to say “no thank you” when I’m full.
The holidays are also a time to try new traditions and create new memories! Families in our program have been learning how to make delicious, hearty soups from any veggies in the fridge at our recent cooking workshops.
Spotlight on December Kids CAN! Workshop: Soup and S.M.A.R.T. Goals
SNACK partners every month with local organizations including Linfield College, Yamhill Community Action Partnership, Hurst’s Berry Farm, and Even Pull Farm to host free cooking workshops for kids. Our Kids CAN! (Cooking And Nutrition) workshops include hands on kitchen and cooking tasks and games teaching about nutrition topics. At the end of the class, everyone serves up, sits down, and shares a meal together.
What traditions does your family have during the holidays? How do you practice mindful and healthy eating this season? We want to hear from you! Leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your holiday favorites with us.
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