Overindulging or Undernourished?

11.22.2016 / Christine Dionese / Personal + Spiritual Growth

By identifying our own self-limiting patterns we can glide through the holidays in a healthy, happy way. Not only will knowing these limits help us to better get along with our (sometimes difficult) families but it can also aid us to act as a positive influence for others.

While it’s nice to focus on those around us, this can come at the expense of our own well-being. Many of us tend to focus too heavily on pleasing family and friends during the Thanksgiving season, and as a result, our own wellness takes a backseat.

This leads us to wonder if it’s possible that we allow ourselves to become undernourished or overindulgent in this way? Or, even perhaps, a combination of both?

We’ve been very introspective at Poppy + Seed this year. We’ve explored how we may be spiritually bypassing in our lives on our quest to become our healthiest selves, and we’ve fostered lifestyles that help us take risks. In doing so, we’ve manifested from our higher selves. Despite this awesome self-cultivation, the holidays can be a tricky time for us to fall into old behaviors. And, suddenly our chill, meditating selves show up as cranky, tired, overexcited and scattered as we allow ourselves to get sucked into the chaos. It affects us all in some way, but when we arm ourselves with the appropriate tools we can better stay in the flow.

We’ve all worked so hard together this year, so let’s show ourselves some gratitude by keeping it in check with our Holiday toolkit.



1 | Blood sugar balance. If you tend to fall into the trap we discussed above where you starve yourself to get everything done and then overindulge, the first place to prepare is by keeping your blood sugar in mind. Eat too little, and you’re on your way to not only undernourishment, but headaches and a lack of vital nutrients. Eat too much on the other hand, and you risk flooding your cells with too much sugar that will hamper your metabolic process. Either way you’ll feel out of sorts and your focus will be shot. Focus on filling up on the following:

2 | Nutritive beverages. Getting jacked up on five coffees a day is not the stuff balanced nutrition is made of. Nutritive beverages contain vitamins, minerals and essential fats to help you focus and feel satisfied throughout the day. As a bonus, they help blood sugar balance as well.

3 | Keep nutraceuticals on hand. If you sense you’re burning the candle at both ends, an adaptogenic formula could help get you through the season while helping protect immunity.

4 | Give to yourself while giving to others. One Wednesday a month I head down to the beach to volunteer at the Pacific Beach family dinner and free clinic I worked in while I was in grad school years ago. On Wednesdays, local Buddhist monks come to prepare a divinely nutritive vegetarian feast for anyone in the community who might need a little extra help. I love being a part of this because it aligns with helping others while enriching my own spirituality and emotional wellness. During the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday consider finding a way to help that aligns with your family, and make it a part of your regular lifestyle.

As we move closer to the holiday season, remember to acknowledge your personal limits and strengths… and most importantly, be as good to yourself as you are to others.

Christine has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. She is available for both private and professional consultations. Please contact her here.

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