Holiday Goodies: Plan Ahead & Leave the Guilt at the Door

The holiday season summons two traditions that are better left alone: overconsumption and then guilt about that consumption.

Reign in Your Feasting & Toss the Guilt Out the Window.

Yes, your grandmother’s annual gingerbread cookies smell like Christmas and taste like heaven. Of course, your mother makes the perfect holiday sugar cookie and caramel apple pie. Never would you pass up Aunt Diane’s frozen apricot brandy slushies, Aunt Kathy’s homemade buckeyes, or Aunt Maryann’s triple-layer cookie bars.

An avalanche of health-chokehold-situations goes hand-in-hand with the holidays. The trick is to embrace the holidays while ensuring your health, mental and physical, doesn’t take a two-month nosedive for the umpteenth year in a row?

Solution: Simply ask yourself if the moment you want to jump off the healthy-choice-train is a photo-worthy moment.

Align Photo-Worthy Moments with Moments of Indulgence

Imagine you and your partner reach a monumental anniversary. You plan a trip, you book a flight, and you arrange for a sunset dinner. In this circumstance, you likely wouldn’t take a picture while you’re meeting with the babysitter to discuss your children’s routines. Nor are you likely to take a scrapbook-worthy photo while packing your suitcase and cleaning your kitchen.

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Buddy the Elf: Positivity Beacon & Holiday Blues Deterrent

Summon your positive energy and display your most festive holiday cheer because December 18th is Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day. The movie Elf follows the life of Buddy, a human raised by elves, who believes the human spirit is more powerful than the sharpness of people’s tongues and jaded hearts. He’s an unsuspecting hero in a time when money and status rule, creating a domino effect that changes lives for the better and hearts forever.

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Don’t Let Holiday Parties Be a “Hell, No!” For Your Health

Family parties. 
New Year’s Eve celebrations. 
Elevating your spirit in the name of holiday cheer. 

There are countless opportunities during the holiday season to indulge, but what internally happens when you cave into external stimuli? Excessive bubbly. Avalanches of sugar, fat, and sodium. It’s safe to say that the holidays bring the most health obstacles per square mile of your year. 

It’s Not a Treat; It’s Your Lifestyle 

Dr. Holly Wyatt, medical director for seasons four and five of ABC’s TV show Extreme Weight Loss,

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FEAST, FORGIVE, REFOCUS Strategize a Guilt-Free Holiday Season

‘Twas the day after Thanksgiving, when all through my body, not a nutrient or vitamin sat, 
not even a natural sugar or nutritious healthy fat.
The sweats were pulled from the drawer with haste, 
with prayers that my newly ill-fitting buttoned pants represented a temporary mistake. 
The pies were foiled and put in the fridge, 
plotting their sugary attack with their perfectly formed pastry ridge.
And hubby in his recliner, and I on my chaise lounge, 
began to mentally wrestle with the amount of food consumed for which none we had to scrounge.

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Slip on Your Holiday Armor: Combatting Post-Holiday Depression is a Battle You Can Win

Like a deflated balloon dragging behind a child, many meet the post-holiday months feeling lifeless and without the sense of purpose, they had just days before.

October through December homes fill with a bustle of activity. Decorating. Shopping. Baking. Cooking. Wrapping. Party-planning. Gift-giving. Visiting. Hosting. School and work events. Social calendars make even the most introverted look like social butterflies with bullhorns. These social calendars give us moments that lift us up and moments that reminded us why family isn’t always defined by the branches on a family tree.

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Thanksgiving and Theaters and Pepe Le Pew, Oh My!

Conditioning. 

There’s no other way to explain the rewiring of our thoughts and beliefs simply because one toe crosses the threshold of a movie theater. Our understanding of the intense benefits of proper nutrition (clear skin, shiny hair, high energy, great sleep, etc.) is no match for our conditioned response to the cinema on the big screen. And this response, for many, will be challenged within weeks from reading this piece. 

“Thanksgiving is the five biggest days of the year as far as the box office is concerned,” according to a former president of worldwide theatrical advertising and publicity for Warner Brothers,

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What you should eat this Thanksgiving for your mental health

Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Besides being the perfect time to meditate on the things we’re thankful for, it’s a time to get together with friends and family. And where there are friends and family, there’s bound to be lots of food.

As we’ve discussed in the past, there’s a strong connection between nutrition and mental health. So, when you’re filling up on plates of great food, do your best to eat foods that improve your mental health and reduce symptoms of mental illness.

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12 foods to eat this Thanksgiving for your mental health

Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Besides being the perfect time to meditate on the things we’re thankful for, it’s a time to get together with friends and family. And where there are friends and family, there’s bound to be lots of food.

As we’ve discussed in the past, there’s a strong connection between nutrition and mental health. So, when you’re filling up on plates of great food, do your best to eat foods that improve your mental health and reduce symptoms of mental illness.

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This Thanksgiving, eat right for your mental health

Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Besides being the perfect time to meditate on the things we’re thankful for, it’s a time to get together with friends and family. And where there are friends and family, there’s bound to be lots of food.

As we’ve discussed in the past, there’s a strong connection between nutrition and mental health. So, when you’re filling up on plates of great food, do your best to eat foods that improve your mental health and reduce symptoms of mental illness.

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8 ways to be mentally healthy this Christmas

The St. Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, recently compiled a list of 8 things you should do to take care of your mental health over the holidays.

  1. Decide which Christmas activities and traditions are most significant to you.
  2. Make a Christmas budget and stick with it.
  3. Eat right and get enough sleep and exercise.
  4. Recognize signs of stress and use relaxation techniques when you begin to get irritated or upset.
  5. Have realistic expectations of family and friends.

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