Stay Healthy Throughout the Holidays

Fitness, Health, Nutrition

As a wellness coach, one of the questions that I get asked the most is: How do you stay healthy during the holiday season? Studies suggest that individuals gain an average of one pound per week. Not only is this extremely unhealthy for your body and mental state, but you will be starting the New Year off at a disadvantage. Here are my top 10 tips that will keep you fitting in your favorite pair of jeans, while still being able to enjoy the season.

How to Set Micro Goals for a Healthier Life

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Many people become mentally overwhelmed striving to achieve their overarching macro-goals. For instance, the thought of losing 50 pounds can seem somewhat daunting, but when you break it down into micro-goals (5 or 10 pounds at a time) it seems attainable. Plus this type of goal setting allows you to celebrate the small victories. Maybe after the first 10 pounds, you treat yourself to a massage and after 20 pounds you cheer with a new dress. This builds momentum and keeps you motivated until you reach your ultimate goal.

Lavender for Sleep

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Lavender is a common herb used for improving sleep and reducing stress in the body. Here are a few ways to include it in your nighttime routine. Lavender Tea: Ingest lavender in tea form before bedtime to help soothe you to sleep and prevent insomnia. You can make it yourself by boiling some water and letting both the leaf and flower seep. Lavender is easily accessible at your local Farmer’s Market. There are also many teas containing lavender available at your local grocery haunt.

My Golden Gatsby!!

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Many of you may have wondered why I named my golden retriever Gatsby. After all, it’s not very traditional, but it suits him perfectly. As a high school teacher my all-time favorite novel to teach was The Great Gatsby, which truly illustrates the American dream, particularly the symbolic green light at the end of Daisy’s dock.

Unplugged: Disconnecting and Connecting in 3 Easy Steps

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Recently, a friend of mine was packing for a trip. Along with the usual necessities of clothing, shoes, and toiletries, she also had her carry-on bag. In her bag was her laptop, Kindle, iPod, tablet, and cell phone. Of course that also meant 3 different chargers and 2 sets of ear-buds. She was going to be gone for two weeks.

Stay Slim on Your Summer Vacation

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Summer is in full swing and the month of August is prime vacation time. If you’re getting ready to hit the road, you may be wondering how to keep your figure in check on your travels. I’m about to embark on a fun European adventure, but I’m still committed to keeping up with my lifestyle and you can too.

Past Its Expiration Date!!!

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As all of my family and friends will attest, I absolutely love my birthday!! As a child it revolved around presents and being the center of attention (ok that hasn’t exactly changed), but as I’ve gotten wiser I’ve discovered that each new year brings with it an exciting opportunity for new beginnings and adventures. During this season, I enjoy taking stock of my life and clearing out all of “my junk.”