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TODAY’S little STEP:  Enjoy family and friends.  

Make healthy choices!

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Christmas pep talk!

 

Christmas it’s a wonderful time of the year and the food is amazing!

But you’ve worked too hard to blow it!

Make this your healthiest Christmas.

Be intentional! Choose only your favorite sweet or savoury treats.

Slow down and savor every bite of the treat.

If it’s not a 10, it’s not worth it!

Keep using that smaller plate for main courses, especially Christmas day.

Drink 5 cups of water a day.

Find time to exercise everyday.

Relax and enjoy the change of pace and the break from routine!

TODAY’S little STEP: Be intentional! Make the best choices!

I hope you and your family have a happy and healthy Christmas. We have lots of snow here in Northern Ontario, Canada. Here’s a  few photos of the winter wonderland at our cottage.

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12 Tips to Reduce Stress and Increase Joy this Christmas!

The pursuit of perfection has to go!  Be real this Christmas.

It’s so easy to get caught up in decorating the tree with the latest colours, baking Pinterest perfect cookies and shopping for hours for the best gifts.

I really do love Christmas but instead of feeling joyful I often feel grumpy and tired.  Especially if my cookies ended up like those Pinterest fail photos. haha

My daily TO DO LIST gets too long and my stress level gets way too high.

But this year I’m taking back my joy. I’m setting new priorities!

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I’m making spending time with people my priority this Christmas.

TODAY’S little STEP: Try this CHRISTMAS TO DO LIST or make your own. Reduce the stress and increase the joy! Let go of the picture perfect Christmas and be real!

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10 Tips For Healthy Holiday Eating

Tis the season for eating!

Everywhere I go there will be tempting goodies. Then I’ll add some holiday stress and I’ll have the perfect combination for overeating.  My favorite foods – turkey, stuffing, gravy, pie, cookies, rich desserts and chocolates will be within my reach.

But this year is going to be different!

I have strategies to share!

10 Healthy tips to beat the holiday food frenzy.

1. Be realistic. Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight.

2. Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain. Get your 20 minutes of exercise everyday. Break it up into two 10-minute sessions. On a day when you overeat, add extra minutes.

3. Eat until you are satisfied, only the turkey needs to feel stuffed! Savor your favorite holiday treats. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.

4. No mindless eating from the bowl of party snacks. Serve yourself on a small appetizer plate and physically move away from the food.

5. Leave a calorie allowance for dessert. If you love dessert and hate to miss out then make a point to cut back on the hors d’oeuvres or skip the bread. Or avoid the pasta and have mostly salad and veggies.

6. Put desserts on a small plate, or even better, on a napkin. It’s a simple trick: You can’t fit as much on a napkin, so you won’t eat as much. No trips back for seconds!

7. Just say ‘NO’! Don’t feel as though you have to say yes to everyone that offers you food. Don’t let yourself be bullied into eating something that you really don’t want.

8. Trim back on the trimmings. To shave calories, go easy when adding nuts, cheese, cream sauces, gravy, butter, and whipped cream. These additions don’t add much to the meal, but can add plenty to your waistline.

9. Wear snug clothes. When you wear snug-fitting clothes chances are you’ll feel full faster. No elastic waist pants for us girlfriends!

10. Be a food snob. If it’s not a 10 then it’s not worth the calories! Scan the choices for foods you truly treasure and skip the everyday dishes.

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Here’s my healthy self-talk statement for the Holiday Season

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TODAY’S little STEP:  Incorporate these strategies and enjoy the Christmas season!  Celebrate the birth of our Saviour and King!

This is a repost from last year.  Good stuff is worth rereading!

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Keep up the good work!

Hi friend, how are you?

I’m guessing you are crazy busy like me.

Just stopping by to encourage you to keep up the good work!

You’ve made some good little changes to your lifestyle. These little changes have made a difference!

You can keep it up over the Christmas season!

Food is central at every event we attend. However, we are doing some things differently this year! We’ve worked too hard to let one day of overeating begin the slide back to old habits.

We have some strategies; health-tips-to-beat-the-holiday-food-frenzy/.

We have a healthy self-talk statement because we control our actions with our thoughts.

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When our will power falters we can call out to Jesus because accessing His power makes the biggest difference. accessing-more-willpower-in-one-easy-step/

 

We can do it friend!

We can enjoy the Christmas season and start the New Year with no food regrets!

Every little step makes a difference.

Every mountain is climbed one step at a time!

TODAY’S little STEP: Rehearse some healthy self-talk. At each event or meal, practice some little tips to make healthy choices!

 

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LESS STRESS, MORE JOY THIS CHRISTMAS

I really do love Christmas but instead of feeling joyful I often feel grumpy and tired.

My daily TO DO LIST is too long and my stress level is way too high.

But this year I’m taking back my joy. I’m sharing my CHRISTMAS TO DO LIST, with my new priorities!

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I hope that you are able to let go of the pursuit of perfection and just enjoy being real.

Let some details go and make spending time with people your priority.

TODAY’S little STEP: Try this CHRISTMAS TO DO LIST or make your own. Reduce the stress and increase the joy! Every little step makes a difference!