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

Contact Erin Hurst, erinhurstliving@gmail.com, for your personalized healthy holiday guide, special rates apply.

Happy Holidays

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