Tummy Troubles

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A two-day stomach flu/bug = highly effective weight loss results!

UGH

Seriously … I had it so bad I had a friend empty the refrigerator of all solid foods …. I couldn’t even stand the THOUGHT of such things even stored in that large pretty silver box.  So today I have returned to the land of the living, and I have to go to the grocery store and restock.  Now that I think of it … throwing everything away was kinda silly, wasn’t it?

 

Staying Healthy During Holidays

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Refrain from getting caught up in the faulty logic of the holiday season that tells you “I should be doing what everyone else is doing, and if I did I would be happier instead of feeling so down-in-the-dumps like I always do this time of the year!”   Hogwash!  Here’s a tip for your overall health today and always!

Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.

Try these suggestions:

1.  Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks.

2.  Get plenty of sleep.

3.  Incorporate regular physical activity into each day.

Blessings to you all this week of Christmas celebrations!

Avoid the Holiday Blues

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Social Isolation During Holidays

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Social isolation is one of the biggest predictors of depression—especially during the holidays.

People who are lonely or have feelings of disconnectedness often avoid social interactions at holiday time. Unfortunately, withdrawing often exacerbates the feelings of loneliness and symptoms of depression. These individuals may see other people spending time with friends and family and ask themselves, “Why can’t that be me?” or “Why is everyone else so much happier than I am?”

Experts advise a regimen of self-care during the holidays, which includes eating a healthy diet, maintaining a regular sleep pattern, and exercise. In fact, as little as 30-minutes of cardiovascular exercise can provide an immediate mood boost similar to the effects of an antidepressant medications.

One of the best things a person can do, however, is to reach out to others despite how difficult it may seem. “That loneliness should act in a similar way to thirst, motivating you to change your behavior in some way,” says John Cacioppo, Ph.D., director of the Center of Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago.

 

(from healthline.com)

Cheesecake

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How ‘can my weight be up 2 lbs. in just a few days?  I mean GEEZ … Turkey and/or beef sandwiches on gluten-free bread and salads all week … Oh wait … Could it be the White Chocolate Peppermint Bark cheesecake … NO because I made it last 4 days … UGH!  Do you think I’m fooling myself?  Can you relate?