Saturday, November 21, 2015

Healthy Holidays!

Hello to everyone, and to the holiday season!  Oh yeah, hello to the wind and rain, too. Ish. 

On a brighter note, here are some thoughts to help with the season.

If you'll be dining out more than usual:
*Red Robin has a petite burger that you can ask for. Maybe other places have that choice too, or the choice of an “unwich”, a burger with a lettuce leaf bun.

*Ask your server to bring just ½ the amount of fries.

*Order first, so you won't be tempted by what others order.

*Ask if you can order from the kids’ menu.

*If you’re hoping to have some dessert, ask someone to split a sandwich with you.

*Order a side of steamed vegetables with your meal, for added fiber, health, and fullness.

*If you do have a larger than usual meal, try to get back on track at the very next meal.

Other ideas for coping with some of the stresses of the season:

*Have fun with exercise by setting up a rule during a favorite TV  show.  For example, every time a certain actor sits, you have to do 20 sit-ups.  Or, every time a certain athlete makes (or misses?) a basket, you have to do 10 pushups. I met one gal whose family plays empty kleenex box football on the commercials.

*Find a motivating quote or photo and use it as a screen saver.

*If you’re hosting, and  you don’t wish to keep certain leftovers around the house, purchase containers at the $1 store, so you're ready to send items home with people.

*Instead of purchasing fund raising treats, offer to give a donation instead.

*Maybe now is the time to request that stand-up computer station at work, or at home.  Here's a link to one I found on Amazon for a little over $57: You'll need a mat to stand on, too.  Here's one for a little under $14: .

*Consider purchasing gifts that help get people moving, or socializing more.

*Rather than treating yourself or someone else with food, consider something else that will bring a smile – flowers? A magazine? A massage?

Here are some thought-provoking quotes for those of us who struggle with self-control, perhaps especially during the holidays:

"I am my problem, but also my solution."

"You'll never get what you truly deserve if you remain attached to what you're supposed to let go of."

And, for those of us who need to forgive:

"Grace happens when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back."

Have a wonderful and positive holiday season. "Life is about giving.  When you take your eyes off yourself, life is a lot better." - Kelly Boyd




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