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Garden Fresh with Claudia Deen: Stay Present During The Holidays


It’s so hard to believe that the holidays are here! As we close 2017, a lot of parties, gatherings, and events start to pop up everywhere. These occasions are a great way to spend more time with our loved ones, to get closer to our friends, and even make deeper connections with those around us.


So, how do you make the most out of the festivities? The answer is simple: by staying present. This is a practice that we should all include every day of our lives and, even though it may seem simple, it can be very hard.


When we are surrounded by music, tons of people, food, and drinks, it can be easy to get lost, especially nowadays with technology. A lot of us sometimes spend too much time on our phones, missing all the blessings that surround us.


Here are some tips to stay grounded, in tune, and present during the holidays so you can make the most out of the time with your loved ones:


  1. Meditate every morning for at least 5 minutes. As soon as you wake up, stay in bed with your eyes close and find stillness. You can do a guided meditation (I recommend the app CALM) or just lay and focus on your breath. This will set the tone for your entire day.
  2. As soon as you open your eyes, take a second and give thanks for this new day. Showing gratitude throughout the day will give more meaning to your life, and it’ll translate into loving actions towards those around you.
  3. If you’re at a dinner party, offer to give thanks and/or bless the meal. Everyone will be happily surprised, and you’ll be taking a minute to be aware and grateful for what you’re about to consume.
  4. Engage in meaningful conversations and listen more. Sometimes we just want to talk, talk, talk. Take more time to listen to what others have to say… especially at parties. You’ll be surprised on everything you can learn from those around you, and you’ll connect on a deeper level with them.
  5. Ditch the electronics. If you go to a gathering, put your phone on silent and leave it in the car or in your purse. Our phones just disconnect us from reality, and by not looking at it for 2-4 hours, you’ll remain more present… trust me, the phone will still be there by the time you get home.


When we’re present, we enjoy more and create more significate memories. It’s hard but certainly not impossible, so this year, try to give others the gift of your presence! Happy Holidays!

Claudia Deen - Founder, The Trendy Smoothie Claudia Deen is a Certified Health Coach based in Savannah, GA, and the founder of The Trendy Smoothie. Claudia is a brown belt in karate, thirteen-time half-marathon finisher, seven-time marathon finisher, and two-time Ironman 70.3 finisher. After a career in advertising, her passion for fitness and fresh eating led to a career centered on helping others achieve a healthier lifestyle. In 2013, Claudia married Paula’s son, Bobby. You can follow Claudia on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.