Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas

At a time of the year where “joy” is supposed to be an integral part of the season, it is a commodity found in surprisingly small amounts some days. In fact joy – in In Balance terms, Laughter and Play – is an essential component to the wellness journey. The health benefits of incorporating laughter and play in our lives are numerous, and include increased endorphin production as...
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Essential Oils Support for Holiday “Sleep in Heavenly Peace”

A restful sleep, vital for health on so many levels: energy renewal, detoxification, weight maintenance, body repair and more. Whether consulting one-on-one with clients, working with groups through an In Balance 8-week program, socializing with friends, joining in conversations with “strangers” online or in the grocery store, lack of sleep is a topic of concern for many people. And in my...
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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...
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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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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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