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Too often we focus on ourselves, but the holidays provide ample opportunities to do for others. Whether you donate your money or your time, don't forget about those in need.
Focus on People.
Too often, food takes center stage at our holiday gatherings. Instead, focus on your loved ones, activities and other traditions that make the holidays meaningful.
Just Say No
If you're already overworked and over scheduled, don't take on more tasks in order to please others. You have to remember to please yourself, too.
Even though you want to reach your goals with the speed of light, changing your habits takes time. If you expect overnight success, you're setting yourself up for disappointment
The holidays only come once a year, but the parties, events and gifts of food never seem to end! Decide which ones are really worth splurging for and leave the other foods on the table.
A positive outlook is associated with better health, a longer life, and greater joy. When you look to the bright side and believe people are good, you directly increase your own happiness.
Allow periodic splurges
Forbidding goodies entirely is almost guaranteed to send you straight to the vending machines at work. The occasional treat is OK, as long as you're eating healthy most of the time.
Keep things in perspective
Most setbacks are easier to handle when you avoid making mountains our of molehills. Don't let a missed workout or extra cookie throw you off track. Pick yourself up and keep going!
It's National Peanut butter Month
It's National Peanut Butter Lovers Month. Peanut butter may be high in fat, but it's the HEART-HEALTHY kinbd. Make sure you choose a "natural" peanut butter that doesn't contain added oil on the ingredients list, or make your own from scratch!
Ditch the energy bars!
Besides being expensive and highly processed, you can get a better boost of energy and nutrition from portable fruits! Try 100% fruit leathers, dried fruit, apples, bananas. grapes and more.