Are your pants tight today from all that Thanksgiving food?
I screwed up. The holidays are here and I’m already a few pounds heavier. I have had trouble sleeping, food cravings, and outrageous hunger. I don’t know if it is stress, hormones, or seasonal depression, but I am too fat! I feel so uncomfortable. I am researching the web for holiday weight loss tips this morning.
It is simple. The best advice is to: EAT LESS. BE MORE ACTIVE. PAMPER YOURSELF.
It sounds simple. It is so hard to live healthily when you don’t feel well. I feel hungover and stressed out all the time. That’s how I feel even though I am not drinking every night. Life is making me feel hungover. I have a nervous feeling in my gut and my digestive system is not working. My allergy symptoms are back in full force. I can’t breathe through my nose. My sinuses hurt. I am hungry and am craving fatty, salty foods and sweet treats. I am unable to get a good night’s sleep.
I need a plan for establishing mental, emotional, and physical good health for the holidays. Here are some of the tips I have found today:
Mental and Emotional Health Tips.
- Daily 5 Minute Meditation. Short, simple, and sweet. Everyone can spare 5 minutes to sit quietly and concentrate on breathing. It will lower your blood pressure, bring oxygen to your brain, relax your muscles, and heal your body pains. If you have trouble concentrating, watch a you-tube or download a free app from the Apple Store.
- Feel your emotions. Emotions are real and very important. They effect the way you feel. and act. Take a few minutes and think about how you are feeling. Name your emotion and allow yourself to totally feel it. Basic emotions are love, joy, surprise, anger, sadness, and fear. Then, take action. Express love and joy. Walk off anger. Write about your feelings in a journal or talk to a friend. Forgive yourself. Pamper yourself. Watch a funny video.
- Positive attitude/gratitude. A positive attitude is essential to health and happiness. Being positive improves everything. Expressing gratitude allows you to turn the negative into the positive and is the key to being happy with your life. Think in terms of how lucky you are to have whatever you have. For example, if your mother-in-law is a controlling bitch, think about how lucky you are that she gave birth to your wonderful husband.
- Practice self respect. Say no when it is necessary. Do what makes you happy.
- Get some loving. Spend quality time with the people you love. Pet your dog. Give and get some hugs and kisses.
- Practice charity. Do a good deed. Give to your favorite charity.
- Drink plenty of water – at least 64 ounces a day. Being hydrated keeps you body balanced, improves your mood, and decreases appetite.
- Stretch your body everyday to relax your muscles. Keeping your muscles flexible and relaxed reduces body aches and pain and reduces anxiety. Yoga can be done everyday to stretch, strengthen, and relax your body.
- Move your body. Walk for at least 20 minutes everyday. Go outside and get some fresh air. Aerobic activity oxygenates and invigorates the body, burns calories, and makes you feel good. Find a fun activity. Walk, run, skate, dance, go to the gym, do an exercise video, or take a class.
- Strengthen and shape your body. Building muscle increases your metabolism, improves balance, and builds stamina. Lift weights, do calisthenics, or Pilates. Take the plank challenge.
- Get adequate rest. Go to bed earlier. Take a nap. Do restorative yoga. Listen to sleep hypnosis. Just lying down with your eyes closed can be very restful if you are too anxious to go to sleep.
- Eat less. It is the holidays and you will want and need to sample holiday treats. Who can pass up seasonal fudge, cookies, candies, cocktails, champagne, holiday meals and all the trimmings? Think moderation. Savor those treats. Remember that being stuffed and bloated is very uncomfortable.
- Eat healthy first. Eating regular servings of fruits, vegetables, salads, lean protein, and nuts, will prevent hunger pains and poor food choices. Good healthy food is necessary for good health. Drink plenty of water. Drinking one glass of water for every alcoholic drink can help prevent hangovers.
- Eat slow. Eating slow is good for the digestion and gives you a better sense of whether or not your stomach is full. It is also more enjoyable and sensuous. Taste what you are eating.
- Take a multivitamin.
Eat, drink, and be merry in moderation. The goal is to enjoy the holidays without pain and unnecessary weight gain.
It was another difficult week. My sweet mother-in-law passed away last Monday. We had to cancel our Thanksgving trip to Los Angeles. We lost her and our Thanksgiving celebration with our children. We will most likely be spending a lot of time grieving this holiday season. Maybe we will be able to schedule another trip to our son’s home in December to celebrate Christmas
Even though I love all things Christmas, it is difficult for us to get in the mood. It is so dark and dreary and cold outside and I see some very dark days ahead for us as we grieve. I do find the colorful lights, decorations, and music of Christmas to be very uplifting and cheery. I love the decorations, movies, books, foods, and gifts. I love sharing the holidays with my family. Yes, the Christmas season is very materialistic. It is also the season of giving, joy, and love. I am very thankful for Christmas.