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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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