This week’s topic is: Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight this Holiday Season
This topic comes up pretty much every year, however, this year is a very different year because of the pandemic. In the past, our tips around not gaining weight have to do with how we best navigate parties, get togethers, and the food and alcohol that we’re exposed to at these events that we may not usually be as exposed to.
This year, due to being in some sort of lock down or quasi-lock down situation, the weight gain has more to do with stress eating, boredom or just having more access to all these other foods because we’re home a lot more. The tips and the topics are going to shift a little bit, depending on where you live and who’s in your close inner circle where there may be some sort of get together.
I’ll be sharing tips that will really highlight both situations and something you can take in as we go into 2021. And hopefully things start to open up and we have more access to our villages as it becomes more safe to do so.
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Julia – FL
How do you prepare for the holidays Kimberly? Would love to know your secret to staying healthy and in shape?
Deb – GA
Last year I gained 5-7 lbs between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. How can I set healthy limits for myself so I can avoid the guilt and shame that comes with over indulging.
Meg – Alabama
Honestly the Holidays are an emotional time of year for me and they tend to be spiritually and emotionally draining. How can I stay centered within myself as I often end up also feeling bloated and heavy due to all the stress and poor food choices I make.
Pam – NJ
If you had one suggestion for heading into New Year feeling balanced and on track what would it be? I’ve already gained 15lbs from COVID so the normal Holiday weight gain isn’t even on my mind. I need to get situated with how to prepare for the new year and make some changes.
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Kimberly: 00:01 Hey Beauties, and welcome back to our Thursday Q&A segment, our community show, where our topic today is Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight this Holiday Season. This topic comes up pretty much every year, but this year is a very different year, as we all know, because of the pandemic. So in the past, our tips around not gaining weight have to do with how we best navigate parties and get togethers and food and alcohol that we’re exposed to at these events that we may not usually be as exposed to.
Kimberly: 00:37 This year because most of us are in some sort of lockdown or quasi-lockdown situation, the weight gain has more to do with stress eating or just boredom or just having more access to all these other foods because we’re home a lot more. So the tips and the topics are going to shift a little bit, but there are some through lines that really… Because depending where you live and who’s in your close inner circle, there may be some sort of get together.
Kimberly: 01:10 So the tips that we’ll focus on throughout the show will really highlight both situations and something you can take in as we go into 2021 and hopefully things start to open up more. We start to have more access to our villages as things hopefully become more safe to do so. I’m really excited to hear your questions that have all come right from you guys. I always, always am listening. I always love to hear what is going on with you and how I can best support.
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Question 1: How do you prepare for the holidays, Kimberly? I would love to know your secret to staying healthy and in shape.
Kimberly: 02:37 First question comes from Julia, who lives in Florida, and she writes, “How do you prepare for the holidays, Kimberly? I would love to know your secret to staying healthy and in shape.” Thank you so much for your question, Julia. I think that the holidays, they start to come up and there’s always lot of… It just feels like there’s more activity and there’s more things to do. So I’ll say for myself, right now I’m so busy as I’ve been sharing with you guys over on Instagram.
Kimberly: 03:11 I’ve had a tough couple of weeks personally with the sleep and just always being there for Bubby and playing with him all day and then working and writing a book, because he’s not in school with the pandemic and all. So it’s been a lot for me, I will say. And then on top of that, for the holidays, even though there aren’t so many get togethers, even putting together our holiday card and organizing all the addresses to send them out to felt like a big thing and also just getting presents for nieces and nephews and cousins and organizing all that, and then the mail outs.
Kimberly: 03:53 I mean, it’s still a lot, let’s be honest. Whether we are more isolated or not, there’s all these details. And then a lot of my relatives are talking about Zoom holiday parties and just organizing schedules. So it’s always a lot. For me, what I’ve been really focused on, Julia, is this core concept that we have here at Solluna, which is that our power and our health and our wellness and our beauty all lies in our wholeness. When we start to feel fragmented, when we focus only on some parts of our lives and we ignore others, we actually weaken ourself.
Kimberly: 04:35 And that’s when we become susceptible to drinking too much caffeine. That’s when we become susceptible to feeling a bit of a breakdown, which I will share with you in a moment how I got through my breakdown over the past few weeks. That’s when we just start to lose our sense of self and our focus and our power. We want to really focus on the Four Cornerstones. The cornerstones are designed. It’s a system that’s designed to remind you that you are a whole, beautiful, complete being and that you need to nourish yourself in each of these areas.
Kimberly: 05:11 And if you don’t nourish yourself in one of the areas, then the other ones will suffer. So for me, the area that I have been not nourishing myself in as much is my body cornerstone. I do eat pretty consistently most of the time. It doesn’t mean I eat perfectly, but I eat pretty consistently. I still have periods where I love to eat a lot of chocolate, where I… I have to admit, a little bit more. Pretzel eating has crept back in. It’s been my go-to since I was a teenager in times of stress.
Kimberly: 05:47 But if I give into some food cravings like that, I don’t really beat myself up. But the part that I’ve really, really suffered in is my sleep, which does fall into the body cornerstone. And I haven’t valued my sleep. I have valued my children and my husband and my work and the book, which I am so excited to share with you when it comes out, when we start pre-selling next October probably, next fall. But in the midst of all that, I just have not been sleeping. I mean, period.
Kimberly: 06:22 So that was a big wake up call for me when my body started to break down and I started to get headaches and pain in my shoulders and just was drinking caffeine. So it just shows that whatever cornerstone we start to feel lacking in, then our bodies will tell us or something will come up that will really point us to the path that we have to get rebalanced. When it comes to holiday weight gain, a lot of us seem to falter in the food category, meaning that we end up eating treats and overeating and having bigger portion sizes and eating a lot.
Kimberly: 06:58 And I believe that’s because a lot of us tend to ignore the emotional cornerstone strongly. So let me say the cornerstones again before I get too far ahead. It’s food, body, emotional well-being, and spiritual growth. So think about it. Emotionally, there’s a lot that comes up in the holidays. There’s old memories that may be good, but may not be so great. There are relatives that you have to interact with. Maybe it’s over Zoom this year, or maybe it’s in person in other years or other times. There is loneliness that sets in or expectations that get shattered.
Kimberly: 07:33 When we create expectations, we often do set ourselves up for disappointment. There are so many reasons. And then all the shopping and the organizing and all that stuff, it creates a lot of stress. The way that I prepare, Julia, is to really dial in the nourishment in all of the areas. And for you guys, to think as we go into the holiday season, which is the one that I need the most nourishment in right now? So I say, again, the emotional well-being one is a big one for a lot of us, because sometimes we don’t pay attention to our emotions and feelings.
Kimberly: 08:09 We pay attention when we’re hungry a lot of the times. We pay attention when, “Oh geez, my arm’s looking a little bit more flabby than I want it to look. Maybe I need to lift weights.” But it’s easier to ignore the emotional and the spiritual cornerstones because we don’t actually see them with our physical eyes, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. It doesn’t mean that they aren’t completely impacting our physical bodies and our happiness and our peace and so much in our day-to-day experience.
Kimberly: 08:38 I want to start there and I want to say, as we go into the holiday season, how are you managing your stress? I want to ask all of you. For me, I had to really come back to self-care practices that helped me. I needed to create more space for reading just for fun, which I completely let go out the door. I was either taking care of my kids or my husband, who in some ways is, many of you ladies will understand this, sort of a child, my partner, but I love him. We take care of each other in different ways, or it was working and writing.
Kimberly: 09:22 There hasn’t been much time I would say since August when I really started writing the book that there’s been any downtime for me, and it really caught up. For me, it’s allowing that space just to be, which is really healthy for our emotions and our feelings and just our energy levels for our spirit. This crosses over into the spiritual cornerstone as well when we honor ourselves so much that we realize we don’t have to be doing and doing all the time. We’re enough just being us. I think that’s really healthy and important.
Kimberly: 09:53 I also journal, and I really value just connection time with my husband and the other regular person I talk to almost every day is my best friend. Just having that space and that time, however that is, connecting with your tribe or allowing yourself to be more space, journaling out your feelings, it’s critical. And that, in turn, when we have our feelings, we can process them. That alleviates so much of the holiday food cravings and the holiday overeating.
Kimberly: 10:27 Instead of putting a bandaid on top and saying, “Yeah, just start chewing on the gluten-free cookies instead of the regular cookies,” let’s take a step back and wonder, why are we eating so many cookies in the first place? And it’s often a nourishment issue with the soul, with ourselves, with our deeper selves. There’s something that we need to recognize. And when we’re not getting our needs met, as I’ve said all along, we tend to get an imbalance in one of the cornerstones. Julia, think about…
Kimberly: 10:57 As I say this a lot of shows, write on a piece of paper, draw a vertical line and a horizontal line to create quadrants. And if you put food, body, emotions, and spirit into those four quadrants, how are you nourishing yourself right now? Food wise, ingestion wise, I’m making more elixirs. And body-wise, I’m taking more time for sleep. I’m just giving examples. Emotionally, I’m spending more time just being, having creative time or chill time or whatever. I’m journaling more. And spiritually wise, I am spending more time in my meditation practice.
Kimberly: 11:36 I would just say for me, I try to keep monitoring myself. But again, when we’re so close to it, we can not see sometimes. I was so close to myself that I got imbalanced. I’m not saying I’m not impervious to any of this, but I did take a step over the past week and I’ve really reprioritized and reevaluated so much. We’ve moved Moses out of our room, out of our bed, into his own crib, into his own room. We started getting him on a sleep schedule, which has been huge. I haven’t been pushing myself as much with the writing.
Kimberly: 12:10 I’ve given myself some more downtime. It’s just I gave myself Avianca the other day, which I hadn’t done in weeks, like a full Avianca with the warm oil, and it just felt amazing. I know that if I’m doing this and taking care of myself, even though it doesn’t feel like I’m getting as much “done” in a day, in some ways I’m getting more done. I’m more efficient, and I have more energy that I bring to each project and I bring to each moment. Actually the way that we measure how much we’re getting done isn’t always so linear.
Kimberly: 12:44 It’s not always just checking things off a box. Those are my tips for you, Julia. Again, if we’re balanced, then you will feel a lot more grounded as we go through the holidays. You won’t feel like you’re moving from point A to point B because you’re nourishing yourself in all the areas. Again, body-wise, that’s the cornerstone I got imbalanced in, and I take my SBO Probiotics every day, digestive enzymes. I take Detoxy every day or every other day, especially in Vata season right now where everybody tends to get more constipated.
Kimberly: 13:21 I’m pretty much taking Detoxy every day. I do my mountain walk every day. What else am I consistent body-wise? Yeah, so I’m getting exercise and movement and I’m taking my supplements. But again, my sleep was really, really off. It’s just a good time to step back at this point before we go into the full blown holiday season and just to evaluate and see where we can nourish ourselves. And I truly believe that will help you stay really balanced, more balanced and nourished than you would otherwise as we go through this season.
Question 2: Last year, I gained five to seven pounds between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. How can I set healthy limits for myself so I can avoid the guilt and shame that comes with overindulging?
Kimberly: 13:59 Thank you so much, Julia. I love this question. I’m sending you so much love in Florida. All right. The next question comes from Deb, who lives in Georgia. She writes, “Last year, I gained five to seven pounds between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. How can I set healthy limits for myself so I can avoid the guilt and shame that comes with overindulging?” Deb, this is sort of a build on to the last question with Julia, which is, I would ask yourself, what happened? What goes on for you usually in the holidays, right?
Kimberly: 14:36 I think for myself in the past, I have overindulged because I think to myself, “Oh my gosh, look at all these treats. Look at all this food I never usually eat,” and then I go overboard. But since then, over the last few years, I do let myself have regular treats. Sometimes they’re in food form. Sometimes they’re not. Sometimes it’s in massages and having space to stretch or getting a facial. Sometimes it’s in the chocolate and the treats, our Beauty Detox Solluna treats, that I eat fairly regularly, to be honest.
Kimberly: 15:14 I mean, I have some sort of treat every day, whether it’s a square of dark chocolate or a larger dessert, so that I don’t really feel guilt and shame for overindulging because I don’t feel the need to do it. I would just say, Deb, to step back and think, why are you overindulging? Is it because you deprive yourself the rest of the time, or is it because there’s so much stress around the holidays that food becomes your go-to? Which in that case, I would say, make sure you’re getting outside, getting fresh air, walking.
Kimberly: 15:46 Georgia, I think it’s moderately cold, but hopefully not too icy cold that you can’t take some walks or get outside and just reset your body and reset yourself. Nice warm baths, hot elixirs. I would just say to make sure… And everything we talked about with Julia, meditation connecting in. So for me, as busy as I get, I never give up my meditations. I’ll give up my sleep, as I did the last few weeks in a very unhealthy way. I will sometimes not eat as slowly as I could, but meditation for me never goes out the window.
Kimberly: 16:21 Because if I give up my meditation, then I’m really screwed. Guilt and shame is also such heavy emotions. I will say, Deb, that if you don’t want to go on this seesaw where you’re having the indulgences and then going into the depths of guilt and shame, it’s better to just go into the day with balance and set the pace for the day with your morning routine, your morning ritual, and then to give yourself little treats instead of depriving yourself, especially innocuous ones like dark chocolate here and there or some delicious elixirs made with plant-based milks.
Kimberly: 17:03 And then I will say that maybe you won’t feel the need to overindulge as much. And I would encourage you to do that exercise that we talked about with Julia where you write on a page or in your journal your four quadrants, and you think about deeply, you connect in with yourself, and you think, how can I really nourish myself right now? What do I need emotionally to feel balanced and re-grounded and de-stressed? Maybe it’s just time. Maybe it’s just more rest, sitting on the couch.
Kimberly: 17:34 Maybe it’s more time to read fun books or to do crafts, or to have time to just hang out with your friends on Zoom or FaceTime. Again, let’s not focus on the one thing front of us, but to just keep pulling back. Because I know for me, when I pull back and I was able to see, oh, my constipation wasn’t just about the fact I was eating dairy, it was because I was holding so much anxiety in my body. I didn’t have a healthy outlet for releasing the feelings. So it just kept building and building up in my body.
Kimberly: 18:13 And when I started to let go of feelings, processed them and let them go, I was actually able to let go regularly, physically. So it’s important that we all introspect and we remember that we are whole beings, our powers and our wholeness. We don’t want to treat ourselves as fragmented beings, just creatures that eat and have to hyper focus on what they’re eating and how to best control their eating, but how can we actually nourish ourselves so that we don’t feel the need to overeat in the first place? This is a journey for a lot of us.
Kimberly: 18:47 It was for me. It will continue to unfold, but I will say that that’s a very powerful way to go into this. And then from a practical standpoint, just don’t keep so much junk at home right now. Maybe you get one of those… I love cookies too. And when it was hard for me to be in the house without treats and not overeat them, I would just get those individual vegan cookies, those pretty big ones, but I would get one at a time and then kind of maybe eat half or sometimes I would eat the whole cookie, but it was better for me than having a whole bag of cookies at my disposal.
Kimberly: 19:25 Just think about what you want to nourish yourself with, allow for some treats, because I don’t believe in deprivation, but also don’t overstock the treats in your home. And that should be easier this time of year because, again, with the shutdowns and less get togethers, there should be less food that you need to source anyway that you wouldn’t usually source for parties and things. Thank you so much, Deb, for your question. I love you and sending you a huge hug in Georgia.
Kimberly: All right, Beauties. We have a short break.
Question 3: Honestly, the holidays are an emotional time of year for me, and they tend to be emotionally and spiritually draining. How can I stay centered within myself, as I often end up feeling bloated and heavy due to all the stress and poor food choices I make?
Kimberly: 19:55 And when I get back, we will have two more questions for you guys. All right, Beauties. Here we are, two more questions on our topic of tips to avoiding gaining weight this holiday season. The first one comes from Meg, who lives in Alabama, and she writes, “Honestly, the holidays are an emotional time of year for me, and they tend to be emotionally and spiritually draining. How can I stay centered within myself, as I often end up feeling bloated and heavy due to all the stress and poor food choices I make?”
Kimberly: 20:27 Meg, sending you so much love, my sister. And also, I love this question and I love that you’re using this language, this very introspective language of spiritually and emotionally draining. You can see already that those two cornerstones for you are ones that we want build up, and we want to focus on that so that you don’t end up overindulging in the food, which does happen for most everyone that ignores their emotional well-being and their spiritual well-being.
Kimberly: 21:01 Staying centered within yourself is really important. When we feel bloated and heavy, again, we’re using the means of food in a way that isn’t what food’s meant to be, which is, of course, nourishment and sometimes it’s gathering and love. We prepare food with love for our family members. But when we’re over eating the food, then it just means that there’s a bit of an imbalance there to pay attention to.
Kimberly: 21:31 I would say, again, the best way to get centered is to commit to a regular meditation practice, morning and evening, sitting and breathing, letting your shoulders relax, feeling your breath come into your belly, getting centered in your body, getting out of your mind and your thought patterns, but actually getting centered in your body. And this is so powerful. This will help you go into your day. You’ll be less reactive. You’ll be less focused on food cravings.
Kimberly: 21:58 You will be able to nourish yourself through the little ups and downs and stresses of life, so your go-to doesn’t always just have to be food. I will also say that it’s important emotionally to take care of yourself with the stress, instead of just this… I want you to look at your patterns. What is your pattern through the day for dealing with stress? Do you numb, or do you actually self-sooth and process? Numbing is food. Numbing is just turning on Netflix or drinking a bunch of wine at the end of the day. And there’s no right or wrong here, right?
Kimberly: 22:34 None of us are like the emotional police, but we want to look at our motivations. We want to look at the why behind what we’re doing. And if it’s starting to feel unhealthy and imbalanced your patterns, let’s just create new patterns. So instead of just watching TV at the end of the evening, maybe there’s space for meditation and journaling and reading or talking, having like a deeper conversations that have just surfaced, but a little bit deeper maybe with a loved one, a close one. Oh my gosh, I’m so excited, you guys.
Kimberly: 23:13 Sorry, I couldn’t help but bring up because I had a call earlier today about our new Solluna Circle that we’re launching in January, which is going to be a true community space. And besides our live Zoom Circles that we’re going to have digitally every month, there’s going to be interaction from me and the community on a daily basis in the form of an app. So it’s going to be really amazing for all these times when we feel lonely and we want to connect and we want to have deeper conversations and really, really talk to each other and really connect with each other.
Kimberly: 23:44 That’s going to be a really great space and offering that I can’t wait to share with you guys. Practically, Meg, I also say to make sure to keep your digestive enzymes around to help ward off bloating. Try to keep your meals as simple as possible. Sometimes we do reach for food and that’s okay. We’re all in the journey. So try to not eat so many heavy things at once. Try to just have simpler meals, vegetables and quinoa or lentils or soup.
Kimberly: 24:15 This time of year is really wonderful, and stew, and try to just nourish yourself in all the cornerstones so that you feel the energy and you feel the motivation to make better food choices. I feel that when we get stressed or depressed or anxious, that’s when our food choices really start to tank. The remedy, of course, is to step back and to nourish ourselves holistically before we even get to that point. Sending you so much love, Meg. I totally, totally hear you and I feel you and just keep nourishing yourself.
Question 4: If you had one suggestion for heading into New Year’s feeling balanced and on track, what would it be? I’ve already gained 15 pounds from COVID, so the normal holiday weight gain isn’t even on my mind. I need to get situated with how to prepare for the new year and make some changes.
Kimberly: 24:51 And I really hope that you feel more balanced as you go through these holidays and beyond, because this is really a journey that continues. All right, beauties. I’m loving these questions so far. We have one last one from Pam, who lives in New Jersey. And she writes, “If you had one suggestion for heading into New Year’s feeling balanced and on track, what would it be? I’ve already gained 15 pounds from COVID, so the normal holiday weight gain isn’t even on my mind. I need to get situated with how to prepare for the new year and make some changes.”
Kimberly: 25:23 So, Pam, I love this question and I think that, again, the weight gain that you’ve mentioned and COVID and just this unprecedented situation that we all find ourselves in has been a tremendous stress on all of us in different ways. I felt the stress. The stress, for me, because I’m pretty isolated already in this little mountain hamlet where I live, with very little people around, is just getting used to having Bobby home all day without school and juggling so much. There’s so many different ways that the pandemic has affected us.
Kimberly: 26:05 And I didn’t really address it until my body started to break down months later after absorbing it and absorbing it and having another baby in the midst of all this. I will say that the number one suggestion is to center yourself on a daily basis with your meditation practice. And I talk about this a lot, you guys, now because I 1,000%, 2,000% from the bottom of my heart know and believe that this is the number one most important activity that you can do for yourself to create transformation and to create all the outer changes that you’re looking for, whether it’s losing weight, whether it’s having better skin.
Kimberly: 26:50 It tends to balance everything. Because when we center in with ourselves, we start to relax into ourselves. It’s hard to understand maybe if you haven’t yet experienced it. But coming from someone, your trusted friends, AKA me, that has been through this journey, I’ve been on the meditation journey for at least 12 years, and I still continue to go deeper. And it was completely restless at first. But what I can say is, as I continue the journey, I feel centered. I don’t need as much from outside of myself. So that means I’ve gotten so simple in my food and my lifestyle.
Kimberly: 27:30 I mean, I just go for walks and eat simple food and hang out with my family. And I don’t need to buy as much I feel like. I don’t need all the fancy foods, although sometimes I have fun with recipes. I eat a lot more simply than I did even a few years ago. My number one suggestion is to commit to your meditation practice as your number one New Year’s goal and to make it consistent. Even if it’s a few moments in the morning, in the evening, I highly recommend that you commit to that. For me, it’s the first thing in the morning.
Kimberly: 28:07 I sit up right in bed, babies and all, surrounded by them, and I breathe, and I connect, and I do my techniques. And we have free meditations for you over at mysolluna.com. We will have meditations every month, and you’ll get the other meditations from the previous month over on our new Solluna app that we’re launching, as I mentioned, in January. Whatever form of meditation resonates with you, find one, stick with it, commit to it, and you will find that 2021 may just be your most powerful year ever.
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Kimberly: 28:36 Meditation has the power to do all of that, to connect in with your true self, with your beauty, and with you, actually with you. Thank you so much, Pam, for this question. I love you, and I see you. I can feel your energy behind the question. I know there’s this beautiful soul that’s just looking to get re-centered into her own strength, and meditation will very much help you with that. This ties in with my quote of the week, which I always write. And I don’t read these questions beforehand because I want them to feel really the power of the now.
Kimberly: 29:15 Spirits working through me when I read your question for the first time and there’s this spontaneous energy that comes up versus something that feels rehearsed or preplanned. I really do like to just feel the questions in the moment, but it does match. As always, we are also connected with the quote of the week, which is, “The only way to really know yourself and to love yourself is to spend time with yourself.” By that, I mean your true self. So we spend time with ourselves in meditation, in stillness, in quiet walks in nature.
Kimberly: 29:47 If we’re surrounded by noise all the time, if we’re surrounded by the news and television shows and movies and all these other things, then we don’t really get to know ourselves, and in that knowing process comes the unfolding of self-love, which we talked about earlier this week with our podcast with Julie Piatt. Which if you didn’t get a chance to check it out, please do because she really is a beautiful embodiment of self-love.
Kimberly: 30:16 Almost coming into her sixties. She’s an amazing unfoldment of how the wisdom and the power especially of us women, men too, the divine feminism, both of us, all of us. But it continues to unfold and it can be like this garden that gets deeper and richer and more just evolved. The meditation is my core, core recommendation as we go into holiday season. I’m with you. I will be providing more and more meditations, because I do believe that they are the single most important thing we could be spending our time on.
Kimberly: 30:56 I love you very much. Thank you so much for being here with me. Thank you so much for being in the community. I will see you on Monday for our next interview podcast. Until then, take care and so much love.