December Reminders and Sticky Buns
Happy Friday, friends!
I hope everyone has been enjoying the holiday season! It's hard to believe Christmas is just a few days away... I think I'm still trying to get over the fact that it's no longer summer. I'll be heading out of town today for Christmas, but first I wanted drop in today to share a few thoughts, since it's been a while since I've written anything on the blog.
(PS I'm hoping to solidify a more consistent posting schedule for January and beyond. I'm working on some cool things for the new year so stay tuned for some announcements in the coming weeks.)
Below are a few thoughts I wanted to share as we head into Christmas and New Year's over the next week or so.
1. Eating over the holidays is the same as eating any other time of the year. Your body digests and absorbs food the same way that it did back in October, so there's no need for all the cleanses and sugar free diet plans for the New Year that have been flying around social media. The special foods we have over the holidays are fun and connect us with family and friends. Eat the cookies if you want them, have the fancy, savory meal and listen to your body when it tells you you've had enough. Let's not over complicate things.
2. Even if you overshoot your fullness, you still need to eat the next day (or next meal). We've all been there. We're excited to be with family, eating amazing food that we only have a few times a year and before we know it we're stuffed to the point of feeling ill. But guess what. Our bodies are so incredibly efficient and they will gratefully use the nutrients and energy that we provide them. Some of the fuel will be used, some will be stored. Your blood sugar will rise, but then after a while, it will fall back down again and you'll start to feel better. We'll need to eat again to maintain the nice soft blood sugar curve rather than high highs and low lows. This doesn't mean you need a giant meal, but your body needs a little something to help keep you going. If you didn't feel so hot at the last meal, maybe try something lighter or a smaller portion this time. Eating regularly, even if we've over eaten the day before helps our bodies run efficiently.
3. Don't forget to take a little time for self care next week, even if you're traveling. Take a few minutes each day and do something for yourself. I'm not talking getting a massage or pedicure or anything; keep it simple. Go outside and get some fresh air, take a few deep breaths, go to bed at a decent time, write in a journal, etc.
As a Christmas treat, I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite family recipes too!
My grandma (Mommom) used to make these sticky buns for breakfast whenever any of her grandkids came to town. I think I requested them almost every time we visited. I have the best memories of waking up at their house to the smell of that sweet bread baking in the oven. We called them sticky buns but I think they're probably similar to monkey bread. Either way, they're super easy and would make for a great Christmas morning breakfast treat. Just prep the bread and butter/sugar mixture the night before, then pop them in the oven in the morning. I promise you won't be disappointed!
I hope everyone has a joyful and relaxing Christmas!
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