Understand that we were focusing on Holiday stress specifically but our little caveats can apply to our lives every day!
Here are some highlights:
Monitor your foods:
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption:
Emotions also can run high during the holidays, learn to take care of yourself emotionally:
Utilize these suggestions to ensure you are in control of your body, your mind and your relationships.
May you have a blessed Christmas and may your family and friends fill your life with JOY!
Yours In Health Pyramid
Dr. Kathleen Hartford, a licensed Integrated Wellness Practitioner, Healthy Aging Expert, and NET licensed specialist, has dedicated herself to improving her patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellness. The author of FIT, FUN & FABULOUS AT ANY AGE, Dr. Hartford speaks all over the world to promote understanding among the healing disciplines and to help people reclaim their health and vitality.
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CREDENTIALS: Dr. Kathleen Hartford, a licensed Integrated Wellness Practitioner, Healthy Aging Expert, and NET licensed specialist, has dedicated herself to improving her patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual health and wellness. The author of FIT, FUN & FABULOUS AT ANY AGE, Dr. Hartford speaks all over the world to promote understanding among the healing disciplines and to help people reclaim their health and vitality.
During this season of Giving Thanks, I wish for you an abundance of love, community, joy and grace. The grace to see and acknowledge all of the wonderful blessing in your life, even the not so wonderful but you love them anyway, blessings. I also want you to know how often I give thanks for the wonderful health community which has participated in improving their health for more than 25 years! Some of you were even patients of mine from Cape Town South Africa more than 25 years ago!
One of my favorite things that I do every day is ask myself "What are the 5 things you are most grateful for right now?" and then list them. Sometime it is simply a hot shower when so many walk miles for water. A full grocery store with fresh foods to feed myself and my family. My dogs who are happy to see me...always. Horse manure to shovel which is like therapy to me. An office full of health seeking patients especially the patients that really get it and take full advantage of maintaining their health. Finally, and always, my loved ones, whether they are near or far, relatives or friends, I list each one by name.
As I do this I can feel my heart expand and become more open to whatever is happening in my life. I become more accepting of the challenges and disappointments I am experiencing and I become more grateful for the people and the comforts that have been there for me for years.
Share what you are most grateful for in the Gratitude Journal. Add pictures or statements of your gratitudes and on those challenging days read others to help you identify your own.
This Holiday season my wish for you is that the effort of getting a meal together, managing difficult family relationships and rushing to get it all done is completely overshadowed by the love, appreciation and joy as you look around and acknowledge that maybe your life isn't perfect, but it is your perfect....your amazing life. Breathe and enjoy.
God Bless and Go Well
Dr. Kathleen Hartford
What to do with your leftover turkey
This recipe is delicious and nutritious
Your fridge is packed with vegetables and turkey... and you're wanting a recipe that is different and healthy. This recipe is extremely flexible (you don't even need to add turkey if you want a vegetarian option), and you probably already have all these ingredients in your refrigerator and cabinets. Get the recipe here.
Avoid the Holiday Five
Don't pack on the usual 5 pounds of weight over the holidays
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Here's a simple way to relax over the Holidays
You're bound to be stressed over the holidays, so when you feel the stress taking over, sneak away and listen to this audio. You'll feel relaxed within 15 minutes! Access it here
I was recently speaking at a women’s small business gathering. The speaker before me, a dynamic personal coach, was suggesting to the women that they must learn to say “NO”, because as women we tend to feel that we should be there for everyone, helping when asked or when we perceive we are needed. Yet often times we provide this help at our own expense leaving us exhausted and at times resentful, sacrificing our quiet time, our workout, or our own work/personal or responsibilities. However as I was listening, I had the thought that actually what we must learn to say is YES! Yes to ourselves.
5 Moments Women Should Say YES!
We must boldly and with great excitement say yes! Yes to our lives, the good the bad and the ugly of this human process.
Life was never meant to be neat and easy, and you would do yourself a great service to give up that ideal. Life was meant to be juicy, like a ripe mango dripping through your fingers with the strings lodged between your teeth and the succulent juice tantalizing your tongue. Life’s like that, messy, challenging, sticky but so worth the sweetness of the juice.
So just say yes to yourself. Let go of all resistance to what it is. It's just like the strings between your teeth, just part of the process of the experience of a juicy ripe succulent mango.
Allow yourself to become all that you would like to be. Then like a baseball player sliding into home plate, when you are done you won’t regret the bruises, scrapes and the dirt. You will simply and emphatically shout Yes!
Note: By the way if someone around you judges your Yes (and someone will) calling you selfish or saying you have changed, suggest that they join you in this change, explain that you will be more than happy to support them in finding their YES!