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Abundance of Choice

You’ve made it through the seasonal transitions; your body is adjusting to colder weather. Why not take advantage of this lull-before-the-storm of the holiday season to form some new eating habits? It’s a great time to include a high fiber breakfast cereal as part of your permanent routine, or perhaps wean yourself from coffee to tea or “half-caff.” How about finding a new lunch routine using romaine lettuce in place of bread for sandwiches and wraps? Try adding healthy fillings of your choice like roasted veggies, hummus, turkey, goat cheese, sprouts with a splash of mustard.

By keeping on hand the foods that sustain you and ones that you enjoy, you will be in a position to make healthier eating choices. By forming new habits now, you’ll be free to sample the delicacies of the seasonal parties without remorse, because your base habits keep you healthy.

The key to making healthy eating choices is discovering which foods help you feel sustained, cared for and fulfilled. You want to approach your food choices with a true attitude of abundance, not scarcity. When you find foods that help you feel this way, you are afforded more flexibility, which also feels like abundance – the abundance of choice.

One quick and easy meal is miso soup, a warm and nourishing "comfort food" that is great for breakfast on cold mornings or as a light and filling dinner.

Miso Soup with Vegetables (1-2 servings)
1/2 teaspoon olive or canola oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 small onion, chopped
4 baby carrots or 1 full sized carrot, sliced
1/4 cup cauliflower, diced (or any favorite seasonal vegetables)
1/2 cup kale, cut to 1.5" squares (kelp or chard work well too)
1/4 cup fresh green beans, snapped to 1” pieces
2 cups water

1 teaspoon miso paste

Heat oil in a sturdy pot over medium heat and add minced garlic, stirring for 30 seconds. Add onion and cook 5-7 minutes, until edges start to brown. Add vegetables and cook 3 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes or more. Mix miso paste with a small amount of the hot broth and then add to the pot. Season as desired and enjoy!

E.B. Ferdig
Yoga Therapist, Integrated Movement Therapy
Book Recommendation: Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food by Jan Chozen Bays


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