This Thanksgiving I decided to compile some of my favorite tips for how to enjoy this beautiful holiday to the fullest.
I also asked two of my best friends to share their talents for this blog, and they DELIVERED!!! Robyn Youkilis gave us an amazing pumpkin muffin recipe that you will flip for, and Jamie Graber shared a Kundalini meditation for a healthy digestive system. She even recorded audio guidance that you can download so it’s super easy to follow along.
My #1 tip for enjoying Thanksgiving without food anxiety
Thanksgiving brings up a lot of our food issues. Maybe you tend to overdo it and feel sick, or maybe you go into old restrictive behaviors and deprive yourself.
I know what that’s like. For a long time I struggled with food anxiety during the holidays. But when I started saying a simple prayer, that anxiety lifted.
So before you begin eating, say this silent prayer:
Thank you, spirit, for speaking through me, moving through me, and allowing me to eat with grace. Show me what to do.
This moment of surrender invites a power greater than yourself to come in and offer guidance. It gives you a sense of peace and sets you up to win! Then you can mindfully choose the foods that are right for you and take each bite with gratitude.
My favorite gratitude practice
We spend a lot of our time focusing on what we don’t have and what we want to have. We dig up the past, we future trip and we dwell in stories of lack. So this Thanksgiving, start a new practice of moment-to-moment gratitude by consciously focusing on what you do have.
When you find yourself thinking about what you don’t have or fixating on a goal, gently pivot your thoughts toward gratitude instead. What are you grateful for right now?
This simple shift toward gratitude will reorganize your energy and raise your vibration. It will align you with the joyful energy of the Universe — thereby attracting more of what you want into your life!
And if you want to amp up your manifesting powers even more, watch my Super Attractor Workshop! This online workshop is free when you order my book Judgment Detox.
My favorite Thanksgiving pumpkin recipe
This Thanksgiving, treat your digestive system with love and have fun in the kitchen! Trying new, healthy recipes will help you feel more connected to your food and thankful for the opportunity to feed and nourish the people you love.
I asked my dear friend Robyn Youkilis to share her recipe for sugar-free pumpkin muffins with our Spirit Junkie community! This recipe comes from Robyn’s book Go with Your Gut. These muffins are delicious as dessert, breakfast or a midday snack.
Recipe by Robyn Youkilis
Makes 12 muffins
1 (15-oz.) can organic pure pumpkin puree
½ cup unsalted almond butter
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
½ cup coconut flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbsp. ground chia or ground flaxseeds, optional
½ cup dark chocolate chips or chopped nuts, optional
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
Combine the bananas, pumpkin puree, eggs, almond butter and butter in a blender, food processor or mixing bowl and mix well, mashing the bananas completely.
Add in the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, sea salt and ground chia or flax and chocolate chips or nuts, if using. Mix well.
Pour the batter evenly among the cupcake liners.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow the muffins to cool.
How to eat more slowly and enjoy the experience
I’ve always been a naturally fast eater, but I’ve learned how to eat in a slower, more mindful way that allows me to really taste and experience my food without overeating.
One of my favorite ways to eat more slowly is also a great tip for Thanksgiving. It’s very simple: Talk more! Don’t talk while you’re eating (I’ve done this). Just set down your fork between bites and engage in conversation with the people you’re sharing this beautiful meal with.
As human beings our meals are communal experiences, which is deeply embedded in our psychology. Instead of getting hung up on family drama, use this time to strengthen your bonds with the people around you and feel gratitude for this sacred act.
Guided Kundalini meditation for digestion
My friend Jamie Graber is a detox guru and Kundalini teacher. I have turned to Jamie for many years for her wisdom on health. I asked her for her favorite Kundalini meditation to support Spirit Junkies during the holiday season, and she delivered!
Jamie says, “This is a good morning routine because it wakes up the body and it’s fun! You’ll have more energy, and it will be a lot easier to go into a day that might challenging. The holidays are often stressful. This makes you kind of feel like you’re in an ’80s exercise video. It’s a little silly feeling and loosens you up.”
This 10-minute sequence is intended to be repeated three times. The full audio file is 30 minutes. But if you are short on time, going through the exercises once (10 minutes) will deliver you incredible benefits. The meditation has been adapted from KRI Teacher’s Manual.
The audio file starts with a short practice known as tuning in, which involves chanting mantras in order to tune into your highest self.
Then comes a 3-minute warm-up of cat cow, going as fast as you can. Jamie says, “This is good to lubricate the spine and move the energy. It adjusts the spine, strengthens the nervous and reproductive systems, and brings the emotions into balance.
“It also helps to move energy up the spine to the upper chakras to enhance meditation. It is one of the most common things to do during morning meditation, to wake up your spine and your Kundalini energy for vitality all day long.”
Being in a spirit of giving and generosity reinforces your gratitude for all that you have. More importantly, it helps those in need and serves the world.
If you can give your time, volunteer with a local food bank or soup kitchen. And if you can give money, donate! Giving to a cause you care about is so empowering and helps so many people.
Here are some great organizations to consider this Thanksgiving:
- Feeding America
- A Well-Fed World
- National Alliance to End Homelessness
- Meals on Wheels
- National Foundation to End Senior Hunger
One final note! If you need something awesome to listen to while you prep food or drive to see family, check out my talk with Arianna Huffington! I joined her on the Thrive Global podcast to talk about gratitude, self-care and a lot more. Listen here.
Spirit Junkies, it’s your turn! How do you get the most out of Thanksgiving and enjoy the holiday season to the fullest? Let me know your tips around eating mindfully, practicing gratitude, cooking and more. And if you have a favorite holiday recipe, drop it in a comment!
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