Taking care of yourself this holiday season

Taking care of yourself this holiday season

I was falling into the black hole of YouTube the other day (you know that hole where you go in to find one video and then 2 hours later, you find yourself watching a totally unrelated video?) and I came across a video featuring Miranda Kerr. It’s actually a worthwhile video to watch, but she said something in the video that really resonated with me.

“If you take care of yourself, then you can give so much more as a mother, you can give so much more to your work …”

Obviously, this quote can be tailored to you: “If you take care of yourself, then you can give so much more as a ________ [friend, daughter, wife, mother …]

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I don’t know why, but I’ve been especially cranky and “off” this holiday season. Throughout the school year, I would get into frequent bouts of feeling “off” to the point where many of my friends felt it.

Now I’m not advocating for people pleasers, but I don’t think it’s fair or ever enjoyable for your friends to deal with negative/pessimistic people. I always feel horrible and sorry when I’m snapping back to my friends or am not my usual chirpy self.

I think this quote is really critical, especially during the holidays when we’re spending so much time with our family and friends. We have to be the best versions of ourselves so that we can step our best foot forward when we’re spending time with others.

For me, that’s to exercise, journal, get lots of sleep, eat nourishing and nutritious food and getting enough alone time. This last one seems counterintuitive, but I often times find myself the most energetic and outgoing with my friends when I’ve had enough time for myself to recharge.

And exercise doesn’t have to be extreme. I usually like to go on runs, but these days I’ve been trying out the barre/pilates/yoga classes at my gym – and completely obsessed! It’s nice to have someone tell you what to do and the class members motivate you to not give up! Or even a simple morning walk with the dog or family is always up my alley.

So in short, remember to pamper and take care of yourself during the holiday season. It can definitely get hectic and busy, but unless you maintain the best version of yourself, you can’t give as much to those around you.

What do you do to recharge/take-care of yourself?

xoxo,

Stephanie

 

 

Your Guide to Halloween, Candy, and eating during the Holiday Season

Your Guide to Halloween, Candy, and eating during the Holiday Season

I personally think that the holiday season aka the season of feasting and eating way too much starts with Halloween. And while the holiday season is filled with friends, family, and lots of joy, it also means lots of food and chances to indulge more than needed. Now this isn’t to say that you shouldn’t enjoy yourself during the holiday season, but this post is here to help you guys get the most out of the holiday season by not sacrificing your enjoyment or nutrition/fitness you’ve worked so hard for until this time.

Ready?

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  1. Eat slowly | I talked about this in my last blog post. Eating slowly does really help. Usually, I have this friend (let’s call her A) that eats at the same fast eating pace as me and we are always the one that get seconds together. But this week, as I’ve been eating slower, I notice that when I am halfway done, A is already done and she goes up for seconds. However, when I am done with my first serving, my stomach feels full and even though I want to eat more for the satisfaction of my tastebuds, my physical satisfaction has been reached.
  2. Share | Share your treats. Use these treats to catch up and spend time with your friends and loved ones. When you gather around the table to eat a dessert, don’t make the focus of that time to eat, but an opportunity to spend time with each other. Also, if you share, you can try a variety of flavors. So if you decide to share with two of your friends, you can get the chocolate cake, your other friend can get the pumpkin pie, and the third friend can get tiramisu. And you can a small bite and indulgence out of all three.
  3. Be realistic | Don’t skip meals or eat barely anything for a meal so that you can have a feast for dinner. By starving yourself for the night, you are going to eat more than you need. The food already looks appetizing but being hungry you’re definitely going to get more for the first serving and also get seconds. So eat normally. Don’t let those holiday parties be an excuse for you to eat more than you should. Eat those indulgent meals all in portions.
  4. Have fun, though | What’s the point of the holiday season without some fun? Life is too short to be worrying over calories. Indulge and enjoy yourself (but of course in moderation).

What’s your favorite meal during the holiday season?

xo,

Stephanie