Happy Holidays Can Be Healthy

One of the best ways to manage the hustle and bustle of the season is to recognize that although this time might be filled and over-flowing with shopping, food and family, you can find ways to keep it all fun and healthy.

Honor your body by recognizing when you are hungry, tired and festive. You do not have to eat at every party. You do not have be the first to arrive or the last to leave. Take a few moments before each holiday festivity to check in with your body. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and focus on the sensations you feel in that moment. Once you clearly understand how your body feels, then you can determine how much, if anything you should eat, how late you should stay and how much you should mingle.

Be respectful of your time and the time of others. Since you can only be in one place at one time give it your undivided attention, even if it is only for a split-second. Be present in each moment. Regardless of how stressful, busy or hectic a situation may be, there is always a way to find some pleasure, discover a sense of peace and find the joy. Take a deep breath and allow yourself to relax into the warm embrace of the holiday season.

Keep feeling fabulous through the holiday season with these 5 tips:

  • Set realistic expectations, maintain not gain
  • Give yourself permission
    -to say no
    -to miss a workout because of a busy schedule
    -to eat a piece of pie
    -to relax and enjoy each moment
  • Enjoy a little bit of everything by controlling portion sizes
    -eat off of smaller plates
    -eat slower
    -put down utensils between bites
  • Stay active and healthy
  • Give more than you receive

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Happy Holidays

Living Inside Out: The Concept

What do architecture and health have in common? Consider for a moment a beautiful building, aesthetically pleasing, congruent with its environment, yet with subtle uniqueness that makes it all the more wondrous. Compare now the building with the human existence. We all have a physical structure that for the most part is similar in nature from one person to the next. Some physical structures may be more aesthetically pleasing to some rather than others, and like the beauty of the building the subtle uniqueness among people is what makes each of us all the more wondrous. Regardless of the aesthetic qualities of either, without the strength of a solid infrastructure or unconditional support from the environment or a network of dedicated advocates, the aesthetic beauty will crumble away over time.

The infrastructure of the human existence is what makes up our health. Though the infrastructure for each person might be slightly different, in general we can consider three common components, the mental (thinking and knowing), emotional or spiritual (feeling and believing) and physical (living and breathing). In order for our infrastructure to be sound each component should be tended to and balanced among the others.

The concept of living inside out strengthens and balances each component of your personal infrastructure. It focuses on how our lifestyles, habits and activities of daily living support our mental, emotional/spiritual and physical health. The work we do for ourselves inside will translate to the beauty and longevity of our physical structures on the outside, enabling us to maintain our uniqueness and wonder throughout the ages.

What is Health?

The World Health Organization defines health as a, “complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Even within that definition the concept of complete and social-well being are open for interpretation, so what does health mean to you? I once heard a co-worker say that, “Health, like art, is subjective to the individual. You can try to define it, but each interpretation is going to be different.”

To me health is about being in balance. It’s not all about an ideal size and weight. It’s not all about what parts do or don’t jiggle in a bathing suit, and it’s not all about the magic numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI…) I feel healthy when I take care of myself. I feel healthy knowing that by eating right, getting enough sleep and exercise and surrounding myself with people and activities that are positive, uplifting and energizing, makes me a better more productive person.

A close family friend asked me why I worked so hard to be healthy, because as he says, “We’re all going to die anyway.” He does have a good point, though I choose to take a different approach. Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t die with your music still in you?” That is how I choose to live. By being healthy I can live life to the fullest. I never feel like I missed out on something because a part of me is in dis-ease preventing me from living the life I want. I can be present in each moment and I can be grateful for all of life’s experiences.