The Organic Teaching Kitchen: Yuletide Wellness

With the Yuletide season upon us, I find myself walking around humming to the chorus of “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.”  Ironically, this wonderful time of the year is the season of over-spending, over-indulging and over-eating.

To make this holiday season truly “the most wonderful time of the year”, it helps to set intentions for yourself. Intentions will increase your awareness and put the power of your actions in your control.

Here are some of my Yuletide wellness tips:


1.  Make a list of people you will be giving gifts to and set a budget.

2.  Don’t give in to temptation, stick to the plan.

3.  Don’t wait until the last minute to shop; procrastinators usually spend more than intended.

4.  Make handmade/homemade treats. They are a gift from the heart.


1.  Think before you reply, “yes” to an invitation; it’s ok to say no!

2.  Don’t forget about “me-time”, it supports your mental health and improves your health.


1.  Before heading out to celebrate, drink a glass of water so that your stomach feels a little full & you are hydrated.

2.  Don’t go hungry…eat before you go.

3.  Set a limit to how many high calorie drinks you will have.

4.  Talk more!  Set an intention to socialize, not eat.

5.  Indulge in seasonal favorite treats & skip the store bought cookies.

6.  Bring your favorite dish-this will guarantee there is something healthy for you to eat.

7.  Choose wisely; scan the table before putting anything on your plate.

8.  Be a food snob.  If you don’t love it, don’t eat it!

A meaningful holiday season filled with warm memories will keep you thriving, not just during the holidays, buy throughout the New Year too.


Susan ChasenContributor: Susan Chasen

Susan Chasen is a Nutrition & Health Coach and the founder of The Organic Teaching Kitchen. She offers cooking and nutrition workshops to kids, teens and adults. Susan sees clients privately and in small groups. Susan offers on-site Work Place Wellness programs which enable employers to invest in the health, vitality, and happiness of their employees. Her School Place goes into schools with interactive nutrition & cooking workshops to inspire kids (and teachers) to try new foods. Birthday partie

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