The ABC’s of Healthy Holiday Habits

It’s that time of the year when all around the world, all thoughts are given to the Holiday planning. Whether it be decorating, meal preparations, event planning or just trying to line up your Chakras, everyone in their own way seems to be getting ready for The Holidays. Here’s a few tips for your reading enjoyment.

Approach The Season With Fresh Eyes   

Do you ever get in that Holiday rut with the way you view the happenings around you? We’ve all said it, “Walmart is already putting up Christmas things and October is barely behind us.” It’s that same ole’-same ole’ mentality that we often get caught up in. Instead of focusing on things of this nature, sometimes we need to take time to see the surrounding beauty be it inner or outer in things or people.

Break At Least One Bad Habit

We ALL have them !! They say it takes at least thirty days to incorporate a good habit. Some interesting theories to try when trying to break a bad habit might be:

  • Focus on one at a time
  • Find your “trigger”
  • Scold yourself each time you continue to do them
  • Don’t overwhelm yourself – Go Slow – little steps of changes
  • Spend a few weeks preparing yourself mentally before making changes          
  • Remind yourself often not to repeat bad habits
  • Find a very good reason to quit
  • Maybe a change of environment is in order
  • When you have a relapse – circle the wagons and figure out why
  • Teach yourself to have a more positive thought process
  • Be nice to yourself
  • Be Patient

Cleanse Your Winter Skin

First, let’s talk about dry skin. It’s a good idea to keep showers or baths short and don’t use hot water; lukewarm is better.

You’ll want to use a gentler soap or body wash preferably with some hydration qualities such as Cerave Hydrating Body Wash; it can be purchased several places, but if you’re like me and order it online then I would recommend Amazon.

For those of us who have really dry skin, it’s recommended to only wash your face once a day and don’t rub your skin when drying – just pat it with a towel.

Always follow through with a moisturizer, you may need to apply it several times a day to for your skin to feel replenished. And again, I know there are lots out there, but I would recommend the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream as it seems to have the best overall rating for: Aging Skin, Sensitive Skin, Dry Acne Prone Skin and it has the best value.

Now, let’s talk about how to care for Oily Skin:

  • Wash your face twice a day – perhaps a creamy face wash would work better than a harsh medicated cleanser
  • Exfoliate often – usually about three times a week to help keep out the dirt and excess oils
  • As for applying moisturizers, water-based is encouraged to keep your skin from becoming increasingly oily.Neutrogena and Olay have some really good ones.
  • Try to stay away from oily foods and of course always hydrate with water as much as you can.
  • Use a water-based sunscreen when needed and not oil-based

Pre-Detox For The Holidays

  • Change all beverages with water
  • You’ll want to stay away from highly processed foods and sweeteners that contain alcohol sugars in them
  • Be sure to pick the fruits and veggies that won’t make you feel bloated
  • So even though we all need our Carbs, it’s a good idea to cut them out for a day or two and focus on lean proteins and green veggies
  • When you chew your food, do it slower to allow for easier digestion and try not to talk whilst chewing as too much air might get into your digestive track causing bloating
  • Cut out your salt intake
  • Be mindful of your portions

Express Your Gratitude

While we all should be grateful for our health and well-being, there are other things to remember to be thankful for as well.

I believe that when we have a heart of gratitude daily, more positivity tends to be drawn our direction. Sometimes I start off with just being grateful for the simplest of things such as: the air I breathe, the roof over my head, the monies I am allowed to have, the clothes and food I’m fortunate to have. I could go on and on but the point is, stop and remember to be grateful for what even the smallest of things in our lives – it can’t hurt.

Fill Your House With Scents

Oh the smells of Fall and Winter and everything that goes with it! I remember when I was a little girl, going to my Grandmother’s house and smelling all the scents of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Oh how I cherish those memories …

I miss the smell of her home-cooked meals during those days, the chicken and dressing baking in the oven, the sweet smell of chocolate, coconut, pecan, cherry and lemon pies. Ah yes, and my favorite … her homemade coconut cake which some of us hid pieces of it in the cupboard so we could take it home with us later. 😉

The best smell of all is Grandma’s homemade yeast rolls !!! Oh what I wouldn’t give to have those again …

Since I’m now in a new home and all my kids are grown and I’m awaiting the arrival of more grand babies in the near future, I want to put out my scentsy warmer and wax melts. Amazon has some pretty delicious smelling ones out there such as: Scentsy Blueberry Cheesecake, Wickless Candle Tart Warmer Wax and Scentsy Vanilla Bean Buttercream, Wickless Candle Tart Warmer just to name a couple. Talk about putting you in the mood to bake for the holidays 🙂 Check’em out !

Give More Than You Recieve

Now I don’t know about you, but I always feel better when I give more than I receive, especially when giving to those of us that are less fortunate. It doesn’t take much and it’s good for the soul so to speak. Whatever talents you have, turn that in to gift giving. Now I like to paint so I’m likely to give my paintings as gifts to family and friends. Be thoughtful in your giving as you never know how much you touch someone else’s life.

Help Others

There are always those people around us that have needs that we are not aware of, so be kind and give a helping hand.

Ways you can do this are:

  • Anonymously buy the car behind you their lunch for the day
  • Share a coffee with someone on a cold winter day
  • If you know someone who is struggling to make ends meet, maybe pay their electric just once so they can afford Christmas
  • Feed a family for Thanksgiving

Invite Someone to a Holiday Event

With all the holiday hustle and bustle and events happening, there are those who can’t or won’t for whatever reason many places. It could be that they are lonely, depressed or just don’t have many friends. You never know what someone might be going through and one event just might make a difference in their lives.

Just Breathe

I bet you’re wondering about how filling your house with scents, giving more than you receive, helping others and inviting someone to a Holiday Event could be a “Healthy Holday Habit”. Well, it all boils down to being more positive which leads to a healthier YOU. So, take time for yourself and “Just Breathe”

Know Your Limits

It’s easy to get caught up in “Yes” mode. You may be a part of various groups and activities during the holidays. There’s only so much one person can do, so don’t overload yourself as that can lead to stressful situations – remember staying healthy is our goal.

Listen To What’s Around You

If you don’t have a clue what to do or get someone for the holidays, just listen to what they say, what matters to them, Sometimes, all it takes is listening with your heart.

The heart can hear what the ears cannot.

Make Time For Yourself

Don’t be in such a rush during the holidays that you forget to make time for yourself. Just having that “Me time” works wonders. Find some quiet time, sit by a fire and read a book or do whatever it is that makes you feel calm. Then once you have “recharged your batteries”, you can continue on your quest.

Netflix Baby !

Speaking of ways to Relax !! There are a lot of great TV shows and movies on Netflix. Ever bing-watched a series? This would be a perfect time to lay back and bing watch some oldies. What are some of your faves?

This will definitely put you in the holiday spirit !

Out With The Old – In With The New

If you’re like me, we all most likely have those old tried and true traditions that will never die. (and that’s a good thing) However, life is constantly changing and new people come in our lives and with that brings New Traditions. So, even though you’ve done something the same ole’ way for years, try adding something new to the mix and see what happens.

Prepare Early

How many of you out there are procrastinators? I have to admit that I sometimes lean that direction in different areas in my life. I am however learning to prepare early for the different seasons. Now I like to look on Facebook to watch those videos that show you tips and tricks of how to do creative, time saving, crafty things that can make my life easier.

Quench Your Thirst …

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water !! I know that during the holidays there are a variety of drinks we will consume, such as anything alcoholic along with coffees, punches and soft drinks. Just be mindful that your body needs to purge some of those things out of us so what better than good ole’ water. ( you should check out Kangen water at www.enagic.com)

REST !

There will probably be late nights of activities that might include Christmas Plays, Ice Skating, Shopping, Dinners with Friends etc… Before you know it your body will be saying ” SLEEP” … Just don’t forget to get your rest.

Share With Others

Remember those videos I was speaking of that show you the DIY things to make … sometimes you might want to point other’s in the right direction, especially if they are not naturally creative. Or, if you make one item for your decoration for your house, make an extra and give it to someone. It’ll brighten their day and make you feel good as well.

Take Lots of Holiday Photos

Pics ! Pics ! Pics !

It’s SO much fun to look back at old photos of holidays past and reminisce. Life is too short NOT to savor those memories.

Technology has made it easier than ever to take and save pics and videos of your special loved ones.

Uplift Someone

Often times, people just need a kind word, someone that will listen to them. Be that someone and take the time to uplift those that might be having difficulties during the holidays. It just might be that they lost someone dear to them and they just need to know that someone cares.

Volunteer

Try volunteering at a homeless shelter in the area where you live. I know in the Hospice where I work, we have volunteers that go visit patients weekly. Especially during the holidays, gifts are taken of things they need; some of them have no family. Makes a person humble real quick ….

What Holiday Food No-No’s Should You Avoid?

Let me just start by saying that I KNOW we are not going to stay away from the holiday foods but what we CAN do is make smarter choices. For example, instead of eating Pecan Pie which has 500 calories, 37 grams of fat and 27 grams of sugar, we might want to opt for a dessert with fewer calories and fat and sugar intake such as: 298 calories, 8 grams of fat and you reap the benefits from the fiber.

Another biggie to steer clear from would be The Cheesecake. This delectable dessert can have up to 707 calories :-0, however you can opt for a low-fat version with alternative ingredients which turns it in to a 245 calorie dream .. Now that’s more like it !

It’s not just the main foods that you need to watch out for as far as the calories, beware of this culprit that seems innocent enough: Cranberry Sauce – it may have Vitamin E, K, C and dietary fiber in it but contains 105 grams of sugar which is over four times the amount that the AHA recommends per day for women. This adds over 400 calories to your plate. Geez !!! So be smart and choose fresh fruit for the topping of that turkey.

There are a plethora of other alternative recipes that are much healthier to indulge in, so I challenge you to be a little creative with the food you are putting into your bodies – your bodies will thank you for it.

X-tra Tips …

  • Wash your hands frequently – No one wants to get sick
  • Manage your tasks early and break them up into weeks
  • Delegate tasks- this allows you some breathing room
  • Stay on Budget – And don’t feel guilty about it
  • Don’t worry or fret if your house isn’t decked out like “The Jones’ Next Door” – you’re not trying to impress them :-0
  • Limit your Holiday Obligations – Don’t agree to what doesn’t fit into your schedule

You Never Knew …

  • 3,473 is the number of the largest gathering of people wearing holiday sweaters on December 19, 20015
  • 559 is the number of the largest lit Christmas Trees on November 2, 2015
  • 6,400 is the number of jelly doughnuts (“soufganiyot”, in Hebrew) stacked 12 foot high on the first night of Hanukkah of 1997
  • In Italy on Christmas Eve – an ugly but kind witch known as Befana (giver of gifts) is celebrated and on January 6, children will find treats and toys in their stockings
  • Japanese don’t celebrate Christmas but on December 25 they have a tradition of eating KFC

Zero Calories – Well, Almost 🙂

You can find the following Cocktail Recipes by googling them 🙂

  • Pumpkin Spice Hot Buttered Rum
  • Minty Dog Cocktail                                      
  • The Grinch-Tini
  • Healthy Spiced Egg Eggnog 
  • Mulled Wine
  • Boozy Skinny Hot Chocolate

Back to the Grind …..

As they say… All Good Things Must Come To An End.

But just because the holidays end doesn’t mean we have to break all of our healthier habits that we incorporated along the way. Try to practice some of these daily or at least monthly. Find ways to stay “young at heart”.

Just remember … “Make Every Day Count, Beautiful People”

34 thoughts on “The ABC’s of Healthy Holiday Habits”

  1. Simply wow , 

    Maybe because I’m interested in the same topic and is what I’m researching to .

    Is a very good feeling post and such a great motivation .

    Awesome reminder and yes : we should make every day count.

    I am so much looking forward for the Christmas time and start a new year and definetly you article gave a huge boost .

    All the best , Enjoy your career 

  2. Excellent use of images and I love the tying of the first main article topic, when you included “eyes” in your heading and then used a picture with some ones eyes. Very unique and original. I also love the theme and overall message with this site!  I get a very positive vibe and the message of cleansing during the holidays, I feel like we all can relate! Amazing site! Great work! 

  3. There’s some very good advice in this article, especially the part about breaking one bad habit over the winter. As many as I’ve broken over the past couple years, I still have quite a few. Bad habits are tough to break and if you focus on breaking too many of them at once, you put yourself in a state of anxiety because it feels like too much. But if you focus on one at a time, you’re more likely to be successful. I have managed to get most of the other beverages out of my diet and I’m pretty much down to just water, so that’s a plus. I do, however, need to cut the portion sizes down a bit. You also mentioned procrastination, which I used to be terrible at. I’ve gotten much better at defeating that, these days. Great article! I’ll be sure to share it with some people I know who would benefit from it.

  4. Hi Teresa, 

    Wow, what a great reminder just before the busy holiday season! It’s so easy to get sucked in with all the to-do’s this time of the year for forget about what the holiday is all about. I am guilty myself… 

    I love your clever way of organising these useful reminders in alphabetic order. Self care, and give back are the two take aways for me. 

    Thanks brightening my outlook towards the holiday season this year! 

    Have a lovely holiday season yourself.

    Chloe 

  5. Hello Teresa,
    I loved reading The ABC´s of healthy holiday habits. I feel very identified with all your advice. 

    Drinking water and eating healthy foods will improve our health. 

    Avoid excess salts and junk food. Finally I would add moving our body to create a weekly routine.

     As the song “Forever Young” says. Thank you!

  6. Awesome, just fantastic. As can see, the holidays are already upon us and I needed something new for the fun of the vacation. This post, in particular, is a very good one with so much information on how I can easily make the best of this Christmas. I have to appreciate you for adding those very nice facts about holidays. I didn’t know that Xmas is not celebrated in Japan, Why is that?

  7. Wow, this is very good especially where you brought up the idea of dropping the bad habits because in truth, everyone has one or the other.

    Your post has really helped me to see some things that I really need to do right this Xmas and I was also able to learn here a couple of things too. I would like to try your recipe here too

    Thanks

  8. hello teresa;
    Well-being is essential whether it is in the middle of the year and more during holidays and rest periods. it’s so hard to find the right gesture to feel happy, so things are at your fingertips; your post galvanizes me again, it’s a real breath of pure oxygen. I subscribe to be sure you do not miss anything from your next publications thank you.

  9. Hi! This has been a very helpful post. I can already foresee me scolding myself, but I’ll do it in a low voice, LOL.

    You have laid here a sit of points I’ve even copied to my agenda here besides my laptop. First finding our “trigger”, secondly finding good reason to quit and last but not least, being nice to ourselves.

  10. Hello Teresa. One of the suggestions I’ll have no problem in following is taking a lot of pictures. That’s a good start. I also know I need to rest, and will focus on that too. But one of the core points I take away from your post, that will help me to break bad habits is being grateful! This is so powerful! Thank you very much!

    1. Thank you Paolo, I’m very happy when someone takes to heart what I’m trying to share. I really hope you benefit from the suggestions.

      Good Luck

  11. Thanks for this post about the holiday’s habits, my family and I have gone for a quite number of holidays but I don’t like how it all went, the places we went were dirty and we don’t have the proper cleasing , and though my kids are very stubborn this post Will help fix somethings wrong then right when going to December holiday thanks 

    1. You’re welcome Rose, I’m glad I could help brighten your day somehow. Blessings to you and your family for a great Holiday

  12. I really enjoyed this article!  I don’t know if I’ll be able to accomplish it all but I sure hope to put my best foot forward to do quite a few of them.  Now, I don’t allow myself sweets ALL year so, during the holidays, I pitch that out the window and allow myself total decadence!  It still doesn’t amount to much.  I always try to follow your advice on giving and volunteering and helping others.  To me, this is the whole spirit of Christmas is to give others joy and you made some excellent suggestions on how I can do more in that regard.  Thank you!

  13. I agree that the holidays are brought on too early every year.
    There are such awesome ways to celebrate the holidays. I always like the basics and being down to earth.
    And gratitude should be expressed on a daily basis but even more so during the holidays.
    It’s hard to watch what you eat too at holiday time but it’s real easy to overindulged and eat too much of the wrong foods.
    I am always one to give more than I receive. I’ve always been that way.
    It doesn’t take much to change a bit, does it?

  14. I couldn’t agree more with many of these tips you have provided for your ABC’s of Healthy Holiday Habits post. I would argue that many of these should be practiced all year round. For example, I always treat others the way I want to be treated because being positive and pleasant returns the same or at the very least calms down a negative experience.

    I also like giving more than I receive. One good example of that is giving to the homeless and the poor. This is one of the commandments Jesus told us to do in the Bible. It does not have to be money and in most cases giving food and drink is more appreciated. I make little food and drink packs and give them to panhandlers when I see them on the streets.

    As for my home I love freshening the air with different scents that represent the different seasons. It has been proven with aromatherapy that pleasant smells can trigger relaxation and even healing. Many of your tips can be easily put into action, as long as those who do don’t get trapped by the chaos of society and just focus on the love of you and others.

    People often ask me what will I be doing or where am I going to spend Christmas? I tell them, now that everyone is grown up and spread out across the country, we rarely buy gifts for each other. Instead we use the money to go on a family vacation to a warm destination somewhere in the world. Being together as a family is the best gift one can buy.

  15. Hi, this is a really nice site, and I like your great advice. Take the time to be grateful for your many blessings. Force yourself to take a good rest and spend time with your loved ones and enjoy their company. 

    do not eat unhealthy or drink exclusively.  Dont eat too much Turkey  or desserts.  

    give generously your love to your friends and family.

  16. Wow what an amazing article this is! I have to admit, I do tend to always be busy and never find enough time to myself, which I miss as I like to binge watch Netflix also! And because I am so busy, I end up eating bad foods because I don’t givenkyself the time to prepare and cook good foods. Your advice is brilliant it has really made me think that I really do need to change some bad habits i have, but like you say, one at a time. Thank you for this article, thisbwill help me get back to a healthier lifestyle, not just for the holidays but all year round 🙂 

    1. Thanks Lee, I’m glad I can help people think about changing their life for the healthier and better one article at a time. Just like we always hear “don’t give up” . 

  17. Hi Teresa,

    Nice website.  You’re right.  Water is very important for good health.  I’m looking at your articles and you have an interesting one on ionized water.  There are certain requirements for daily water consumption and it varies per individual. Perhaps some reviews on some of the water brands like Evian, Fuji, Smart Water, and even the generic bottled water at your local supermarket.

    You have a very interesting niche and I’ve followed you on the WA workbench.  Good luck and I’ll keep watching.

    Larry

    1. Thanks Larry,

      I like your suggestion of reviews on different water brands. Something to think about in the future. There’s so many different ways I can go with this niche’ and I hope to get better with each article. 

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