(Health Secrets Newsletter) Sometimes during the holidays we may find ourselves in circumstances where we are going to consume rich or unhealthful holiday fare. Maybe we have decided to stand down for a compromise or we are still in transition to a healthy lifestyle and even though weâ€™ve learned better, we havenâ€™t fully adopted the best practices.
If you are in these shoes this year, remember that attitude matters! If you consume anything with feelings of guilt, it will cause digestive secretions to plummet and proper organ function to stall. The result will be that instead of feeling energized and content by what you have consumed, you will feel sluggish and store the excess in unhealthy fat cells.
Instead of following this pattern, allow yourself a feeling of gratitude for every bit of the food you consume, and enjoy every bite to the utmost. This alone will allow you to minimize the negative effects of less than healthful choices. Have gratitude for your food as it is, no matter what!
To help you get into the habit of feeling grateful for your food, practice with a cup of warm pumpkin milk. This warm thick drink is rich, spicy, creamy and warming on cold days. Kids love to make flavored milks and this has become a seasonal favorite. Adjust the amount of pumpkin to taste. You can use Libbyâ€™s canned pumpkin for convenience; it is 100% pure pumpkin with nothing added or taken away. Or you can choose to bake and mash a pie sized pumpkin to use. The result of either choice will be delightful!
4 cups unsweetened almond milk
2/3 cup cooked mashed pumpkin
2/3 cup sucanat
Â½ tsp cinnamon
Â¼ tsp nutmeg
Â¼ tsp sea salt
Blend until warm and frothy or blend and then warm on the stove.
Try this delicious drink and fine that when your kids come in from playing in the cold, they won’t be asking for hot chocolate! Recipe from http://www.tracistransformationalkitchen.com/