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Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day a lot of us will gain a few extra pounds. We will start the New Year with one of the same resolutions that we make every year; lose the holiday weight. Why not start off this next year with a fresh resolution that doesn’t involve the weight you put on the last month of the year?
Overeating and lack of exercise are the obvious culprits. Overeating and lack of exercise are also to blame for increased levels of fatigue and stress that often sneak their way into this joyous time of the year. The holidays can be celebratory without ruining the hard work you put into your health all year.
The number one tip is to not skip out on your regular fitness routine. Don’t make the excuse that you don’t have enough time to workout because your have holiday priorities; i.e. parties, shopping, gift wrapping, decorating, and cooking. While you might be a bit more crunched for time with the additional responsibilities that come with the season, it is important to always make time for you. It is totally fine to modify your regular routine, as long as you keep moving. The more active you are, the more energy you will have too.
You can also get creative with your fitness during the holiday season by trying out some of these fun ideas:
- Bike or walk around your neighborhood to check out all of the holiday decorations instead of driving.
- Engage your family and friends in games and activities like touch football, a snowball fight (for those living up north), paddle boarding or kayaking (Florida winter is so lovely for these activities), or a yoga class. Tis’ the season to be together!
- Be the super cool grandparent, aunt/uncle, cousin, or parent who runs around and plays made up games with the little ones in the group. You will definitely burn some calories keeping up with high-energy kids.
- Put some pep in your step when you are doing your holiday shopping and always take the stairs to get some extra steps in.
The key is to keep moving. The more you move the more your metabolism moves. The more you move the more calories you burn and the less those delicious indulgences will affect your waistline. Prioritize wellness and fitness this holiday season and you will start off the New Year on a healthy and happy foot.
“Learn to enjoy every minute of life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. “ -Earl Nightingale
The holiday season tends to bring with it an array of emotions like joy, excitement, festivity, stress, anxiety, and fatigue, as well as social and familial obligations, extensive planning and prepping, and financial burdens. It is easy to get caught up in the not-so-jubilant side of the holidays, especially when holiday priorities get a bit mixed up.
What’s the true meaning of the holidays? It is really all about presents and the obligatory parties? It’s important to take a moment before the calendar clocks in at December 1, to really think about what you really want this month to be like. This time of the year shouldn’t be one that brings on emotional and financial anxiety, heavy bouts of fatigue, a bah humbug attitude, or in-concrete commitments to every single holiday gathering. This time of the year should be one of joyous celebration and lightheartedness.
It’s all about priorities. What brings you the most joy during this month? Is it baking traditional holiday cookies like you did when you were a child? Is it walking around the neighborhood and looking at all the Christmas lights? Is it getting together with your closest friends and family for eight nights in a row? Is it that first cup of coffee on Christmas morning and waiting for your children to come unwrap that one present they’ve wanted all year long? Is it putting on a sparkling dress and toasting to a brand new year with the people who are most important in your life?
Our traditions and beliefs are all different, but it is those traditions and beliefs that make this time of the year so special. Remember why you celebrate. Make time for the traditions that mean the most to you. Make time for the people who bring light and love into your life. The holidays are about “rejoicing with your family in the beautiful land of life,” as Albert Einstein once said.
This month we will be offering a series on “how to survive the holiday season” with tips on staying active, eating healthy, reducing stress, and enjoying this glorious month to the fullest.
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We’ve celebrated eight candle lit days of Hanukkah, you’ve probably been to at least one holiday gala so far, and now we are counting down to Christmas and the start of the New Year. Hopefully your holiday season has been low stress and joyous, so far. Here are a few more tips to help you wrap up this year healthy, happy, energized, and productive.
Don’t forget in the midst of holiday parties, shopping, baking, feast preparations, and regular obligations to:
5. Exercise. Exercising is a great way to beat stress. When you get your blood pumping, you release endorphins, which have a positive effect on your mood and stress levels. Exercising is also a good excuse to take some time for you. A third benefit to exercising is that you will be more likely to keep that holiday weight off, so that you can start your new year feeling your best.
6. Stay hydrated. During the holiday season, we tend to drink more alcohol as we celebrate with friends and family. There is nothing wrong with a little celebration, however be mindful that alcohol dehydrates you and causes your liver to work overtime to detoxify. Drinking sufficient water will help keep you hydrated, will help your body flush out toxins, and will also help keep your appetite in check.
7. Sleep. Sleep is incredibly important! When you sleep your body performs important functions to help you prepare for the next day. Sleep is vital for your mental and physical health. Adequate sleep is a huge component of your overall wellness. Sleeping is necessary for your immune system, for hormone balance, and for your memory and brain function, among several other key operations. If you want to be productive, energized, and healthy, you need to regulate your sleep. Go ahead and push that snooze button! Go ahead and take a nap! Go ahead and go to sleep early!
8. Load up on healthy, vitamin rich food. It is almost inevitable that at some point this holiday season you will find that you are feeling a little worn down. This could be because you have been celebrating a little too much, working a lot, juggling too many responsibilities, traveling, dealing with crowds of people, or just not taking enough time for yourself. It’s ok, it happens, but one of the best ways to help support our bodies and all that they do for us, is to ensure that we are getting enough vitamins and antioxidants. Loading up on healthy fruit, vegetable, and protein options in the midst of all of the glorious and delicious holidays treats is crucial to maintaining a healthy balance.
9. Don’t forget your JuicePlus. You will really notice the benefits of JuicePlus when you find yourself in hustle and bustle of the holidays. If you haven’t incorporated JuicePlus into your life yet, there is no time like the present to start. Just talk to Honi or Dr. Blake!
We hope that these tips have served you well. Don’t lose sight of what the holidays are really about. Don’t forget to take a step back and really enjoy this time of year with friends and family. The memories we create are more valuable and permanent than any material item. Take a deep breathe, smile, and enjoy this beautiful time of year.
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While the holiday season should bring about good cheer, gratitude, family and friend gatherings, and a sense of closure as the year comes to an end, oftentimes it also brings stress, anxiety, exhaustion, and overindulgence. Maintaining a healthy balance can be difficult when you are being pulled in so many different directions. We tend to think that we can do it all and do it all perfectly, but let’s be realistic. It is important to listen to your body and to your emotions during this somewhat hectic time of the year. On top of your daily responsibilities and routines, the month of December is also topped off with holiday parties, gift shopping, cooking, baking, decorating, and accommodating or visiting family.
Everyone’s traditions and holiday experiences are different, but I would bet that everyone has at least one holiday stress. Stress can lead to a laundry list of maladies and detrimental effects. When we are stressed, we can become easily overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, physically ill, and exhausted. These are not the things you want to feel during this joyous time of year. There are minor adjustments that you can make this holiday season to lessen, if not eliminate those stress causers.
1. Set realistic goals. Unless you’re a superwoman/man or something along those heroic lines, don’t take on more than you can or want to do. Maybe there isn’t enough time to hand address and send out those 50 or so holiday cards this year, or turn your house into a winter wonderland front page news sensation, or be the host/hostess with the mostest; that’s ok! By setting realistic holiday goals, you are setting yourself up for less stress and more time to actually enjoy the holidays.
2.Learn to say no. It’s as simple as that. If you don’t want to do it or don’t have time to do it, don’t do it. You are not required to attend every holiday party that you are invited to, participate in every gift exchange, or do all of the shopping, cooking, and preparation for the grand feast. By learning to say no without any guilt attached to your decision, you will be saving yourself from an exhausting, overwhelming, and stress riddled holiday season.
3.Set a budget and stick to it. The holidays are not about how many presents you give or how exquisite your centerpieces and decorations are, it is about something completely unmaterialistic. No matter what your budget is, you can create a memorable holiday experience. Sometimes though, we feel as if we have to do or give certain things in order to say that the holidays were a success. Stop feeling this way. It is a good idea to create a realistic budget and work within those means. If you plan ahead of time, you can eliminate this additional financial stress.
4.Take time for yourself. It is easy to get caught up in taking care of and doing things for everyone except yourself. However, it is important not to completely forget about yourself. In order to stay healthy, energetic, and productive during the holiday bustle, it is necessary to take care of your own physical and emotional needs. This could be as simple as allowing yourself time to take a long bath, or making sure you stick to your regular yoga schedule, or even just waking up extra slowly on Sunday to drink coffee in bed and snuggle with your dog. Remember to do the things that make you happy and keep you balanced. You might be a little stretched for time with your holiday obligations, but taking a little time for yourself can make a huge difference in the long run of the season.
The holidays, whether you have a huge family and it’s a huge production or the opposite, is a time when we should be thankful for what you have, what you’ve learned over the past year, and the endless possibilities to come. We should remember to spend time with and be grateful for the people (and animals!) in our lives. The holidays should be celebrated with love, gratitude, charity, and good cheer, not stress.
Stay tuned early next week for five more ways to lessen or eliminate holiday stress.
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As we approach the holiday season (it’s official now that Thanksgiving has been eaten), there comes a moment when we begin thinking about the presents that we will buy for those special people in our lives. For some, this is a quick and easy task, but for others it can be daunting and stressful. Whatever your gift buying style is, it really comes down to finding something that is thoughtful, within budget, and something that that specific person will be surprised and happy to have been given.
Fortunately, Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness isn’t just your ordinary dental office. We offer a wide range of products and services that would make unique, thoughtful, practical, and exciting gifts for a variety of different types of people who might be on your nice list this year. Let us help you make this shopping season easy! And who knows, you might even decide to treat yourself to a little something too!
Skincare Product and Service Guide
Clarisonic: This compact, yet powerful cleansing device will change the way you take care of your skin. The Clarisonic product line offers full sized and mini facial cleansing devices for both men and women. The rotating brush head is suitable for all skin types and will leave your skin significantly cleaner compared to just washing your face with your hands. Those who have incorporated the Clarisonic into their daily skincare regiment found that their skin felt softer and smoother and appeared more radiant. It is the most effective way to remove impurities, oils, sweat, and makeup, while treating yourself to a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own bathroom.
ColorScience: ColorScience is a line of 100% mineral based cosmetics and skincare products. Without trying to sound biased in any way, once you go ColorScience you may never go back to the cosmetics you were using before! These nutrient-rich products not only leave your skin with a polished and flawless finish, but also are beneficial to your skin. ColorScience doesn’t use any harsh oils, alcohol, talc, fillers, dyes, fragrances, or chemicals in their products. Instead, you will find luxury grade powders, bronzers, illuminators, correctors, foundations, and sunscreens with antioxidants, peptides, and vitamins. Parker Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness carries an extensive line of ColorScience products for all skin types.
MDSolar Sciences: One of the most detrimental, aging forces against our skin is the sun. One of the best ways to protect your skin and prevent premature aging is to ensure that you using sun protection on a daily basis. Not all sunscreens are created equally though. MDSolar Sciences has created a line of all natural, mineral based suncare products. We carry a tinted crème, which is for sensitive skin too. The formula is silky, lightweight, and waterproof. You can be assured that adding this daily sunscreen to your skincare regiment will not only help protect your skin against the harsh and damaging rays of the sun, but will add a flawless and radiant effect to your skin.
Lano Pure Cosmetics: Lano Pure Cosmetics is another line of all natural cosmetics that we carry in the office. The lip glosses and lip sticks contain medical-grade Lanolin, which does wonders for your lips. For this holiday season, we have the perfect red lipstick! We also carry their Fiber Lash mascara to help enhance lash length and volume by up to 30%.
HydraFacial MD: If you haven’t tired a HydraFacial yet, you are missing out! The HydraFacial MD is a service that we offer and all personally enjoy. The HydraFacial MD treatment is great for all skin types and helps improve common facial concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity, skin tone, skin texture, hyperpigmentation, congested skin, enlarged pores, and advanced skins of aging. The process is a real treat for your skin, and during this busy time of year it is the perfect opportunity to sit back and relax for an hour in our quiet and cozy spa room.
We offer gift certificates for all services including teeth whitening and facial rejuvenation services and products.
Feel holiday shopping inspiration yet? Talk to Honi or Ivonne the next time you are in the office about this incredible range of facial products. We even gift wrap! Stay tuned next week to see what else we have in store to help you get through this holiday shopping season with ease.
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