By Heather Irwin, MS, RD, LDN

Halloween has come and gone which means we have officially entered the holiday season. This can be a difficult time of the year for many people for a variety of reasons. Most of the clients that I work with are trying to eat healthier for weight loss or for medical reasons. Obviously, we talk about nutrition during our visits, but because food has so many emotional ties to it, other aspects of a healthy lifestyle often come up. 

Being healthy can start with the food choices that you make, but it is just as important to think about what you are feeding your brain. Do you practice critical self-talk? Have a negative attitude? A steady diet of unhealthy thought patterns affects our overall health and well-being too. Since November is the time when we officially celebrate Thanksgiving, we often hear people talk about what they are thankful for. In my opinion, this is something we should practice year-round. My challenge for you over the next two months is to try and slow down, be present, and appreciate all that you have been given. As the temperatures drop, try to stay active and make healthy choices, but give yourself permission to enjoy a few special treats in moderation. Practicing gratitude and a healthy mindset is one of the best gifts you can give yourself this holiday season!

Heather Irwin, MS, RD, LDN
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