The Gifts You Owe Yourself

The holiday season has arrived; the most giving time of the year! We are all extra busy during this time of year, and it may be even harder to give to yourself first. But, it’s still the most important thing to do! Exercising, eating right, and staying positive even in times where it may be hard to do so are still the 3 most important gifts you can give yourself!

The holiday season has arrived; the most giving time of the year! We are all extra busy during this time of year, and it may be even harder to give to yourself first. But, it’s still the most important thing to do! Exercising, eating right, and staying positive even in times where it may be hard to do so are still the 3 most important gifts you can give yourself!

Exercise You say you just can’t fit it in, but I say – yes, you can! One way to do so is to break it up into 3 short times each day! You can even do this with walking. Walk 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes on your lunch break and 20 minutes in the evening! You can also split up your walking into 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening!


Eating right Always remember to have your fridge stocked for the week with all your healthy foods ready to go at anytime! Do not keep Christmas cookies or holiday leftovers in your house. Give them all away so that you will not be tempted to eat them. My daughters and I personally bake 1,000 Christmas cookies every year together, but we give them all away! It’s OK to eat one and hop right back on the wagon afterwards, just don’t keep them in your house!

Staying positive We all know sometimes as great as the holiday season is, that it can be stressful! Some ways to stay positive and not be stressed out might be as simple as saying no to something that will take away from your workout time. Also never over-schedule yourself, it will lead to negative feelings. If you need help, ask for it! Find time to meditate and stretch every single day! Stay positive and focused and remember to always put yourself first – holiday season or not.

 These are the best gifts you can give to yourself this holiday season and always!

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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