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Creating Margins for Holiday Rest & Play

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Balanced Life, Holiday, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Creating Margins for Holiday Rest & Play

How many of you have spent most of this month checking off to-dos and marking yet another commitment on your holiday calendar? For so many folks, the holiday season is crammed-full with parties, shopping lists, tasks to get the house ready for the holidays, school Christmas concerts… the list goes on. So where do we find room to remember what the holiday season is about and connect with a sense of rest and play among everything else? As a recovering holiday-addict (one who says yes to every party, Christmas baking day, concert, market visit,...

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Healthy Food Choices for a Healthy Holiday

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Balanced Life, Food & Drink, Holiday, In Balance Team, Recipe | 0 comments

Healthy Food Choices for a Healthy Holiday

Chocolates and Cookies… When I think about the holidays, I always think about chocolate and cookies. I grew up in a family where we baked cookies every Christmas. My grandmother’s recipes came from Hungary and they were first translated to Spanish, since I grew up in Mexico, and then translated now to English. One of the spices that we use is cardamom. That smell for sure brings good memories. What about Veggies? As I have moved now into a healthier lifestyle, I still bake cookies. However, not as many as I used to, as they are more of a...

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Water with a Holiday Sparkle

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Balanced Life, Food & Drink, Holiday, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Water with a Holiday Sparkle

Virtually everyone knows how important water is to the body. During the busy holiday season, however, when grabbing a refreshing glass of water can be at the bottom of a very long “to do” list and where there are a plethora of other beverage options at every party and celebration, it can be challenging to get an adequate intake of approximately 8 glasses each day. Here are suggestions to ensure water’s essential light shines bright all season long: 1| Start your day with a large glass of water – preferably room temperature and ideally...

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Holiday Food Buffets: 3 Steps to Avoiding Morning After Regrets!

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Balanced Life, Food & Drink, Holiday | 0 comments

Holiday Food Buffets: 3 Steps to Avoiding Morning After Regrets!

Let’s face it . . . holiday buffets are one of the absolute joys of the Christmas season. And if you celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanza, tables groaning with a variety of tasty holiday food figure fairly prominently and delightfully in those traditions as well. The question is how to celebrate the food flavours of the season while still maintaining energy, mental clarity, balanced moods and a healthy-for-you weight range! The 3-step answer? Read on! 1) Set a Real Food Stage Every body type, Protein, Carbohydrate and Mixed, does best when they eat...

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Activity for “Fit, Not Fat” this Holiday Season

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015 in Activity, Balanced Life, Holiday, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Activity for “Fit, Not Fat” this Holiday Season

For most of us the holiday-Christmas season is full of busy days we anticipate and embrace. However, our desire and decision to be all-in with heart and soul can position ourselves for eating more (especially the sometimes* foods); not sleeping as well in a strange bed and a different environment; and managing schedules more than a little off kilter –  all of which can mess up our digestive system, affect our mood and alter our attitude and overall health. Enter activity – the second A in our BALANCE acronym. At In Balance we...

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Three Cheers for Holiday Fun!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2015 in Activity, Holiday | 1 comment

Three Cheers for Holiday Fun!

The holiday season: busy days bursting with joy and bliss, stress-less and anxiety-free because everyone’s in the spirit of happiness, kindness and health. Who am I trying to fool?! However, planning for plenty of laughter and play  – the L in our BALANCE acronym – does help make it possible to experience positive attitude and energy in the 12 BALANCEd days of Christmas. Read on for ways to create holiday fun this season! Schedules and routines are often off-track from the norm, allowing more time and creativity with the holiday...

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Healthy Holiday Gift Giving: The Want, Need, Wear, Read Guide [PLUS One Addition]

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Attitude & Emotion, Balanced Life, Holiday, In Balance Team | 2 comments

Healthy Holiday Gift Giving: The Want, Need, Wear, Read Guide [PLUS One Addition]

“That’s it, Samuel, use the puffy coat . . . pull the cap down low and put on these sunglasses. Joel, you be lookout and make sure no one sees either of you,” I heard my oldest son, Matt, instruct his brothers. As a mother of five children, 6-18 years old at the time, I could imagine at least 15 things a conversation like this could lead to, many of which I’d rather not know about. Over a decade ago, I started an article I’d written for Family Fun magazine with this cloak and dagger paragraph. Always fans of the Want, Need, Wear and Read...

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The Practice of Mindful Eating Through the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Balanced Life, Holiday, In Balance Team | 1 comment

The Practice of Mindful Eating Through the Holidays

Can you guys believe it’s already December?! Where in the heck did 2015 go… At In Balance, we’re pretty big fans of the holidays and all things Christmas/chocolate/hot mugs of tea/celebrations/family time… the list goes on! To celebrate the season BIG TIME on the blog, we’ve got all hands on board at In Balance headquarters to bring you the 12 BALANCEd Days of Christmas. So what can you expect? In the 24 days leading up to Christmas, we’ll be bringing you 12 B-A-L-A-N-C-E inspired blog posts to make this holiday season healthy and bright for...

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Why Sleep is Vital to Maintaining a Healthy Weight [and How to Get It!]

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in A Good Night's Sleep, Balanced Life, Weight Loss | 0 comments

Why Sleep is Vital to Maintaining a Healthy Weight [and How to Get It!]

Provided your experience with sleeping babies did not include things like colic, asthma or eczema, the photo above probably evokes a strong heartfelt desire to have an infant’s quality of sleep be your norm. Handling three simple factors properly can have you well on your way: Environment: We can set the tone for our quality of sleep with key factors being degree of room darkness (the production of melatonin, a hormone that among other things controls our sleep/wake cycle is negatively impacted by light therefore you want your bedroom...

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Have a Healthy Halloween!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Activity, Balanced Life, Food & Drink, Holiday, Real Food, Recipe | 0 comments

Have a Healthy Halloween!

In Balance RHN, Karen, loved Halloween as a kid – especially trick or treating! Her generous stash of sweet treats from relatively few houses was made to last until Christmas. Like many homes 50-plus years ago, candy was a treat, and not on the daily diet plan. Her childhood habits and “need for sweet” extended to her adult years: until five years ago. Learning, applying, and now teaching In Balance principles she loves to share healthy and delicious options for building healthy and happy homes, even at Halloween! Times have changed...

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