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Healthy Holidays to You !

Celebrating Healthy Holidays are not easy. Try adding some healthy traditions this year. Getting off the couch and getting away from all the food can help get you on track.

Warmest wishes for Healthy Holidays for you and those closest to you.

As you know, actually living Healthy Holidays is not an easy task.  At times it seems our American culture does everything  it can to make individual health/ lifestyle choices impossible.  Does your busy holiday "to do" list include "go for a walk"  and "don't overeat?"

At home and at work, food is abundant and tempting at single meal settings in quantities that far execced human needs for an entire day.  Unfortunately, many of these tasty dishes are packed with sugar, salt  and fat.  

In addition, many holiday traditions require sitting (often, on the couch) to share the holiday cheer.  Far too many hours slip away lounging or watching television.

This year, consider creating some new healthy holiday traditions with your loved ones.   Enjoy meals together, but try limiting portions and then placing additional food out of sight.

Second helpings and third helpings of Aunty Mary's pie are a lot more difficult when they are already wrapped away in the refrigerator. Take advantage of  healthy food items during your busy day to fill you up before you arrive at the dessert party.  Fresh fruit and vegetables (skip the veggie dips) are a great choice on the run or when sitting around chatting. 

Gather up the gang for a fun family walk or hike.  Try to prioritize and set aside time to be physically active.  If you don't plan it, it probably won't happen.   By the way, exercise is a great stress buster when you need a break from Uncle Ray's rambling stories and horse-loud chewing. 

A New Year is around the corner.  No one likes starting the year with that bonus ten- pound holiday "gift" around the waist.  Best wishes for a healthy 2012. 

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