On Monday of this week, I was presented with the opportunity to demonstrate the creation of this recipe at RunAbout Sports Roanoke as part of my seminar on Mindful Eating for a Healthier Holiday Season. We had fun talking about many of the healthy-lifestyle pitfalls that the holidays often present and best approaches to tackle the challenges of the season. Among those strategies was the practicing of mindful eating:
Mindful Eating is allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom. By using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body, acknowledging your responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment, and becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating you can change your relationship to food."
As I mentioned, the holidays can present with an overwhelming number of obstacles when it comes to staying on track with a healthy eating lifestyle. Many people tend to adopt an "all or nothing" approach, by either depriving themselves of their favorite foods out of fear of weight gain or overdoing it, or by throwing their good intentions to the wayside and vowing to get back on track once the new year arrives. I truly believe that you can enjoy the holidays to the fullest (including your favorite foods) without setting back the scales by simply abiding in some simple mindful eating strategies. To learn more, download this fun "recipe" for mindful eating vs. overeating that I put together!
This parfait is one that will surely please the taste buds with it's combination of smooth pumpkin yogurt, crunchy pecans, cinnamon-sweet graham crackers and tart cranberry sauce. Even better, it's quick to assemble and can be made up to one day ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
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Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and endurance athlete residing in southwest Virginia alongside her husband and dog. Through this blog she aims to share favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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