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Holiday cooking...

As I sit here typing, the pumpkin pie for tomorrow is baking away in the oven. Food has always been an important part of the holidays for my family. I find that over the past few years, the years when we've started to build family traditions for our girls, the years when I've not be able to spend the holidays with my mom and brother, food has played an even bigger part in my holiday preparations. It's a small piece of "home" that continues to be special to me even miles away from the rest of my family. When I look back through my childhood, most of the memories I have of the holidays involve food. The past couple of days I've really been thinking about that fact. And well, here's what I think it boils down to...

Growing up in your average dysfunctional American family, the holidays were a time to celebrate, but often in a general air of stress. Family dynamics were complicated. Finances were sometimes complicated. General logistics, depending on where we were living at the time, were sometimes complicated. But there was always the constant of good food. Wholesome, delicious, home made food that brought everyone together. Special foods, that for one reason or another, were only prepared during the holidays. Foods that connected to our heritage and celebrated family traditions passed down for generations. Foods that drew people to the kitchen to talk, laugh and of course taste test while preparations were being done.

As a professional in the fitness/wellness industry, I'm often conflicted with my whole food obsession at the holidays. Food was, and continues to be, a source of comfort for me and many members in my family...hence the continual struggle with maintaining a healthy weight. A struggle I don't care to pass on to my girlies. Yet, at the holidays, many of the happy memories I have of my childhood and of my connections to family and friends are closely tied to food. So what to do?

This year, I look to my yoga practice to remind myself to FIND BALANCE. After all, taking time to celebrate, be with family and throughly enjoy oneself is part of maintaining good overall wellness.

So tomorrow, I'll cook, and I'll eat, and I'll nap,and I'll enjoy time with family.

And on Friday...I'll workout!



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