Dec. 22 Holiday Health Coaching Tip – Appreciate both the light and the dark. They contrast one another and without one we couldn’t as fully appreciate the other. Today is Winter Solstice, also called Midwinter, Yule, the Longest Night. Tomorrow begins the journey back into increasingly longer and brighter days. “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus
Dec. 21 Holiday Health Coaching Tip – Choose to be kind in all you do. Not only do your acts of kindness make you feel good, but they also inspire others to be kind. Each of us has the power to spread massive kindness ripples in the world. 🙂 This video is all about spreading kindness.
Dec. 20 Holiday Health Coaching Tip – Watch your portions at restaurants. Often restaurant meals are much larger (and richer) than what you would eat at home. To reduce overindulging, try cutting your meal in half when it comes to the table. Then savor each bit of the half you do eat. If you’re still hungry 20 minutes after you finished the first half, then eat a little more of the meal. If it’s too tempting when it’s on your plate, you can ask for a to-go box right away and put half of it away from the start.
Dec. 19 Holiday Health Coaching Tip – Take the stairs. It’s a great way to get an extra workout in. Some other benefits: good for our muscles and bones, helps you maintain a healthy weight, working against gravity for added workout. So, wherever you can instead of the elevator, take the stairs. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area there are lots of wonderful stairway walks you can take advantage of. Attached is a photo of the stairs at 16th & Moraga in the Sunset District.
Dec. 18 Holiday Health Coaching Tip – Acknowledge your accomplishments from 2011. Each of us touches the lives of countless others. It’s so beneficial to our health (emotional, spiritual, mental and physical health) to take time to really recognize all those things, big and small, that we created. When you allow yourself to see these and really take them in, it can help strengthen and deepen a positive self image. Click here for more guidance and questions to help you with this process.
Dec. 17 Holiday Health Coaching Tip – Add fermented foods to your diet. The sour taste will help take away those pesky sugar cravings. Plus if you do eat sweets the beneficial bacteria in fermented foods eat up sugars and starches. For a fun project you can make your own sauerkraut or other fermented food. More info on my Sauerkraut Recipe blog post.
Dec. 16 Holiday Health Coaching Tip – Allow yourself time to slow down and really enjoy the company of your friends. It could be at a holiday gathering or some quality one-on-one time. One technique to help you slow down and let go of any distractions is to take a few deep breaths, while visualizing breathing in peace and breathing out anything that isn’t peace.
Dec. 15 Holiday Health Coaching Tip – Add green smoothies to your diet! Green smoothies are a great way to add healthy nutrients to your diet. They are easy to make, too! All you need is a blender, some fruit, greens and a little liquid. Today I made one for breakfast with: 1/2 banana, 1/3 avocado, 2 inch chunk of cucumber, handful of spinach/arugula leaves, some parsley, 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, splash of blueberry juice and some water – enough to make it all blend together, maybe 3/4 cup. Tasty!
Dec. 14 Holiday Health Coaching Tip – Recharge in the natural world (and leave all technological devices at home!). We spend so much time on computers, smart phones, etc. and as much as they are helpful, they also are draining. Time in nature can help you recharge. You can watch the sky, the birds, moon… feel the fog, rain, sun, wind… smell the flowers, fresh air… Let your spirit, mind and body soak it all in.
Dec. 13 Holiday Health Coaching Tip – Practice the joy of skipping! A few benefits: It’s exercise and play all in one (it burns more calories than just walking), helps you connect with your inner kid, you can’t help but smile and laugh because it’s fun! This video talks more about the benefits.
Dec. 12 Holiday Health Coaching Tip – Listen to Music you Love! Music can reduce stress and anxiety, stimulate brain cells, help you put more effort into your workout, help you sleep more soundly, and even act as a painkiller. Attached is a video of one of my favorite pieces of music for this time of year, performed in an amazingly unique way!