Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we are surrounded with messages of how many calories and fat grams are in our holiday meal, along with tips on how to manage the day with exercise and portion control.  I want to lead with a different message.  Please don't try to be perfect on Thanksgiving. Enjoy your pie, stuffing, turkey, or whatever your favorite treats are, and celebrate the tradition of the holiday with family, friends and loved ones. Now, I'm not suggesting you eat with reckless abandon, but I'm suggesting you let go on this day and focus on what matters.  Thanks and Gratitude! 

There are 364 other days in the year to think about how you will exercise, eat well, and avoid pie.  And, I will leave you with this one last thought. The challenge in my belief is not with the holiday. It's when the holiday turns into a holiday(s) or holi-week and holi-month.  The eating festivities continue way past the day.  So if you treat the holiday as it was m...

The holidays are once again upon us, and with that tends to come stress.   Stress can show up in many forms and may be affecting your health in ways you may not realize. It has the ability to affect the body, mind, feelings, and behavior. Possibly that nagging headache, lack of sleep or productivity at work; or maybe anxiety, depression, stomach distress, or weight gain is due to stress.  Being able to recognize common stress symptoms and taking proper action is important in helping managing them. 

Here's a few simple self care tips to help manage stress this holiday season and forever:

1) Move your body at least 30 minutes daily--It can be something as simple as walking. It's free and liberating.

2) Breathe deeply & meditate--It relieves anxiety and depression.  

3) Ask for help--Really, it's okay to not take everything on yourself. Feeling overwhelmed just adds to your stress levels.

4) Forgive yourself and others--I cant imagine anyt...

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