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Cozy Season

Ahhh, it is that time of year again.

The air is crisper.

The leaves are changing.

The sweaters in our closet are ready to come out from hiding.

Warm cocoa, cider, and pumpkin everything is sounding goooood right now.

We are all craving that sense of coziness and comfort that comes with the changing season and pre-holiday excitement.

But - with more homemade desserts and larger celebrations, there always tends to be more food anxiety. Rather than panicking and implementing a restrictive mindset, let's lean into more self-compassion.

Don’t worry - this is not about to turn into another eat and do not eat list. This is about filling your literal and figurative plate with what will serve us rather than simply seeking immediate gratification.

Rather than adopting an all-or-nothing mindset, focus on sustainable habit formation and the ONE thing you can do in the present moment. Maybe it’s to add a veggie to your meal or do ten jumping jacks while your coffee is brewing. Try adding these simple changes to an existing part of your routine for a more seamless transition.

We have the power to choose to be present and to crowd out the stuff that isn’t serving us as opposed to saying we can’t have something. The restriction mindset will only lead us into a binge spiral that feeds the urge to "cleanse" come January. Here are some tools to help us move the needle and stay cozy without backtracking.

  • What is cozier than a warm fire, soft blanket, and a mug of tea?

  • Highlight warmth, ambiance, and having fun with making your home a comforting environment

  • Self-care does not have to be expensive and can feel especially good when it seems like all we hear this time of year is to control our food and alcohol intake. Experimenting and trying new things can also prevent your routine from becoming stale.

  • This isn’t to say that holiday treats are off-limits, but there are so many DIY spa treatments that can make us feel pampered at home! Think homemade face masks, scented candles, body scrub, manicures, etc.

  • Staying cozy, enjoying treats, AND creating healthy habits that last are not mutually exclusive. Rather, focus on expanding your self-care tool kit (:

We know through experience that committing to simple support, guidance, and accountability lightens the load and gives you a stress-relieving structure. Stay in the loop on all things Abundelicious if you are seeking a positivity-oriented community, accountability, and sustainable tools that make the journey that much more enjoyable. This is not a race to your goal, but a path that offers room for growth and ABUNDance.


The Author:

Hi! My name is Lilly, and I am the Programming and Marketing Coordinator for Abundelicious. As a recent graduate of Bucknell University with a BA in Sociology and Anthropology, I continue to follow my passion for holistic wellness, functional medicine, and human connection. I have had the privilege of working for the school's on-campus organic farm and have worked on a farm outside of Santa Cruz to learn about organic agriculture.

I also spent five months in the South Island of New Zealand researching integrative and holistic health practices and have presented my research at the International Conference for Traditional Medicine. Currently, I specialize in social media analytics & marketing, website design, program development, and content creation within the holistic health field.



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