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What is your best tip to maintain a healthy balance during the busy holiday season?

Check out these great holiday tips for yourself and your client!


ith all our heavy eating during the holidays, our digestive system

can get out of whack. A simple remedy is drinking warm water with freshly squeezed lemon or lime, or both, every morn- ing. This simple elixir helps stimulate the digestive system, promote healthy liver func- tion and restore electrolyte balance, which helps anxiety and stress. Also, remember to mix some “super food” greens into one of your daily bever- ages. The holidays have a way of throwing off the normal dietary regimen of even the most health-conscious people, so supplement with super food greens like chlorella to ensure that you get an adequate daily intake of nutrients. Lastly, make realistic goals, and incorporate family fun time into your daily schedule. Many people have a tendency to overload their schedule with too many tasks, and when we cannot achieve all of them, we become stressed and discouraged. When you plan your holiday activities, set realistic goals and try to pre- pare your meals in advance so it can be less of a burden later on. Happy Holidays!

~ Scott Josephson

1) Schedule special time with your family and friends and

do activities that help you recharge. 2) Rethink your errands. During the holiday, we often spend way too much of our day on time-consuming household chores or errands. Organize and consolidate these tasks for bet- ter time management. 3) Stay in motion. This may ultimately help you get more done by boosting your energy level and your ability to focus.

~ Len Kravitz T

o maintain a healthy balance during the busy season, I encourage my

clients and participants to take a few different approaches. First, I suggest that they exer- cise in the morning versus at the end of the day. That way their exercise workout is taken care of and not compromised by busy after work events or evening functions. Next, create a balance of enjoying yummy foods but not going overboard. Instead of denying a treat here and there, I suggest having a little bit and enjoying it. Denial always leads to overeating. Lastly, I suggest trying a few new and fun activities. Whether it's joining into a Zumba class with a friend, dropping into a cycling class, or going for a family ski outing, the variety will make workouts more en-

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joyable and something to look forward to.

~ Krista Popowych

Exercise: Bet you guessed this would be at the top of my list. Exercise is the best “de- stressor “at any time of year and this still holds true during the holidays. However, don’t get yourself worked up if you can’t keep up with your regular fitness regime. Instead, set some minimums. For example, instead of following your regu- lar five workouts a week, over the holidays it’s okay to allow yourself to drop back to 2-3 workouts a week to maintain your fitness.

Nutrition: Pigging out on choc- olates, cookies and cakes and drinking until you see three of everything is enough to make you feel like you’ve been hit by a truck! It’s perfectly okay to indulge over the holidays but you’ve still got to keep your health and fitness goals in check. Go for the “have to eat” vs. “can’t eat” approach. Instead of forbidding any treats over the holidays rather, focus on drinking eight glasses of water, consuming five vegetables and three fruits, eat breakfast, and

consume five small meals/ snacks each day. If you’ve still got room for your favourite Christmas cookie or Thanksgiv- ing pie, go for it. However, eat it slowly and really enjoy the taste.

Daily Activity: When you’re running around like crazy and can’t commit to your normal fit- ness regime, try to incorporate more activity into your days. For example, go for a walk with your family and friends, in the mall take the stairs instead of the escalators, and park at the back of the lot. The little bits of extra activity will help you feel better.

Say No! Remember you’re in control of your life and how much you’re going to enjoy the holidays. If attending every single party you’re invited to stresses you out, choose only the ones you know you’ll have a great time. If purchas- ing presents for everybody in your family or all your friends is enough to break the bank, draw names or spend your time planning how you are going to enjoy special, quality time with them.

Manage your stress: Get enough sleep. If you’re tired, stress appears worse than it is. If you do feel stressed, take a number of slow, deep breaths and try to relax.

~ Sherri McMillan

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