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6 Tips to Control Emotional Eating During the Holidays and A Holiday Recipe

Posted Nov 28 2013 10:03pm

The holiday season with all its beauty has officially arrived.  And while this time of year is wonderful, it can also be the most stressful time of the year for some.  That’s why I’ve created these 6 tips to support you in living free from emotional eating during this special season.  I’m also sending you one of my all-time favorite recipes to make for the holidays.  It’s so pretty and tastes great too.  I hope you enjoy it!  My tried and true tips for healthy eating during the holidays are:

 1)      Create your Quiet Space.  Take time to be quiet, pray, meditate, and rest your mind and heart. Allow God to take you to the “green pastures” so you will be refreshed and ready for the day.  This one tip alone can help keep you from eating from stress and exhaustion, two common triggers for emotional eating.

2)     Just Say No.   There are many social opportunities during the holidays.  Be very intentional about the things you choose to do.  Who are the people you really want to spend time with this year?  What about ministry opportunities?  Say yes to your top priorities and don’t allow guilt to cause you to overburden yourself.

3)     Practice Sacred Self-Care.  I can’t emphasize this enough.  I define self-care as those habits and practices that support you in becoming all God has called you to be. . What self-care practices do you have in place now?  Don’t neglect them because you have an overly crowded schedule.

4)     Prepare for a Healthy Holiday.  Accept the fact that there will be a lot of food around you.  People have such good hearts during this season and want to bless you with their favorite homemade goodies.  Keep a good stock of healthy snacks and foods at work and at home so you will have choices.  If you have put these other principles into place, making healthy choices will be so much easier because you’re not exhausted and stressed from doing too much.

5)     Reject Perfectionism.  Does the house really have to be perfectly cleaned, perfectly decorated, all the presents matching with professionally decorated trimmings?  Your family and friends really just want you!  Reject the idea that everything has to be perfect for the season and enjoy just being together with special friends and loved ones.

6)     Don’t go into Debt.  There can be so much pressure during the holidays to buy gifts.  If it’s not in your budget, don’t start charging presents on credit cards.  You’ll enter the New Year with the added stress of having to pay the debt and more than likely the people you bought the gifts for will have already forgotten what you bought them.

These principles may not seem like they have much to do with overeating.  But if you’re an emotional eater, stress, exhaustion, and depression are just a few of the triggers for overindulgence in food.  Use these principles to begin renewing your mind and creating permanent habits that will change you on the inside first.  Then the outside changes you desire will happen without another diet, without packaged and proportioned food, and without pills!  And you will be truly free! 

 And now for an awesome vegan recipe to serve during the holidays:


Holiday Rice

Adapted from a recipe by Rachael Ray

This recipe makes a gorgeous holiday dish.  Having beautiful food presentations when you’re serving vegan fare to your non-vegan family is very important, and this recipe is not only pretty but it’s delicious as well!


  • 3 tablespoons Earth Balance Soy-free spread (you can also use EVOO if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat or seven-grain orzo
  • 1 1/2 cup whole grain rice (cooked)
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • Generous handful of sulphate-free dried cranberries (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup toasted walnuts
  • 6 scallions chopped


Heat the butter over medium heat in a sauce pot. Add the orzo and toast until golden. Stir in the rice, add the stock and cranberries. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook until tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Fluff the rice and combine with walnuts and scallions to serve.

Best of Holiday Season to you!


About Ginny Edwards ( 40 Posts )

Ginny Edwards is the founder and CEO of Ginny Edwards International , a coaching company dedicated to helping women who sense a deep calling to some form of leadership transform their bodies and their health with the power of raw food. Ginny has been a professional life coach to women of faith for over ten years. Her passion for helping others live lives of excellence with the primary goal of bringing glory to God is inspiring women around the globe to pursue their own high calling which includes radiating health and life to all they encounter.

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