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Prepare for your Christmas parties... now!

Every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas I tell everyone who will listen the same thing: "Don't stress about being good around the holidays." People tend to worry about what they are eating for Thanksgiving or at this Christmas party, or at work when co-workers bring in holiday baking, etc. That is not the time to worry about eating those calorie and guilt rich foods. You haven't eaten well the whole rest of the year, why worry about it now? (Unless there is a health reason why you cannot eat like that, diabetes for example.)

July is a good time to give yourself a mid-year evaluation. How am I doing with my New Year's resolutions? Have I been cutting down on the sodas, sweets and portion sizes or have I been eating everything in sight? Have I been doing my exercises 3-4 times a week like I am supposed to? These are the questions to look at now, while there is still time to salvage this year. Implement lifestyle changes now. When you start before your health is far gone you will only have minor modifications to make compared to if you waited until something is seriously wrong with you. Make your health a priority. When you are around your proper weight you will feel better about yourself. You'll have fewer health complaints, both now and as you age. You will have fewer aches and pains. You will sleep better and your moods and stress responses will be more stable. Most importantly, you will not "have less time to do things" as is the popular argument for not making changes, you will have more time. If you are well nourished, well rested, less stressed, more energetic, etc. you will be better able to work efficiently and effectively improving you ability to work on whatever takes your time during the day. This means you will get things done faster, giving you more time to do other things not less. This mid-year evaluation is also good for your mental and emotional well being. You can identify things that are troubling you, things that you need to devote more energy to and even things you have been doing right. Then make the appropriate changes.

Stress is a major health problem in today's America. It is being linked to every known illness including heart attacks, strokes and cancers. Changing your priorities and putting your health first enables your body to better cope with physical and emotional stress. You may not be able to change the amount or type of stress in your life but you can change how it affects your body. Things like exercise, prayer, meditation, eating well, taking walks and Tai Chi are only a small number of things you can do to lessen stress's impact on you, making you more efficient and giving you more time to do things, not less.

As you reaffirm your New Year's resolution in July, you will notice you are a bit leaner and more energetic when the Christmas parties come around. You will fit better into that little red dress, or your "thin jeans". You will not be craving the "holiday sweets" like you did last year when you gained 10 pounds because you couldn't stop eating. You will not have the cravings so you can eat the cakes and cookies in moderation because you want to, not because you have to. You will also not have the guilty feelings that accompany those cravings giving you peace of mind. Next years resolution will be easier since you actually accomplished something this year. Prepare for your holiday parties now. Eat well now, exercise now, initiate changes in your priorities and lifestyle now so you can enjoy the holidays this year and for years to come. It's your life. It's your health.

Source: Daily Commercial

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