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Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa or none of these, how do you handle gift giving in your family? Do you limit the number of presents? How do you communicate with well-meaning relatives?
If you have a holistic mindset, chance is that you want your children to remember the holidays for its spirit and meaning, not for its consumerism. You can choose to focus on building the atmosphere with decorating, crafts, caroling, baking, ice skating, and holiday fairs, to give them cherished memories that will outlast the gifts they might receive.
Our family lives overseas and since it is costly to send anything via mail, I offer our family to send us money and I will buy each kid one gift from them.
On Christmas day, each kid gets one gift from Santa, clothes and books from us, and one gift from each major family members (grandparents, godfather & godmother). During the holidays, we focus on re-creating the spirit and traditions of Christmas: cooking, baking, crafts, decorating, church, caroling, special outing, touring neighborhoods for lights and decorations, having friends over.
When we see the family, I suggest them to spend time with the kids and take them on outings. Last summer, they took the kids horse back riding, tennis, beach, circus, restaurant, merry-go-round, rafting, sailing, camping, etc. Since we don't see our family often, I want to make sure our kids and family build memories together, not clutter ;)
If they were local, I would opt for an online wish list or charity donation, explaining that you don't want to collect toys or end up with duplicates, and would rather they spend their hard-earned money in something your child does not have, contribute towards buying a bigger item (bike, ipad, activity, trip, etc.), donate to a preferred charity or save for college. I have no guilt in exchanging and re-gifting items that don't fit our criteria. It is the intention that counts.
For grown-ups, I like to offer home-made or consumable items since most of us have everything already. These include baked items, chocolate and tea, candles, body lotion, hand cream, an inspiring book, a special outing, or a service like a spa treatment or a Health Coaching session :)
Whatever you choose, the gift of time and the memories you create are always priceless and timeless!
• Do you want to maintain a healthy weight without counting calories and constantly stressing over what you eat? • Do you want to enjoy your family and friends fully without losing yourself? • Do you want to celebrate without the side effects?
In this practical class, I will give you all the necessary tools to avoid gaining weight and keep your sanity despite all the commitments during the holidays! You will regain control over your life, enjoy delicious foods without the side effects nor the guilt, and stay zen in the midst of the frenzy.
You will learn to:
• Establish healthy eating and lifestyle habits • Eat like the French • Control your cravings and overcome emotional eating • Establish safe boundaries while celebrating • Find balance
Cost: $50, early bird registration: $45 before November 1st. Space is limited!!
Register NOW by signing-up online www.theyogacompany.com
WHEN: Saturday, November 14TH from 2:00pm - 4:00pm
WHERE: The Yoga Company, 2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd #129, SAN RAMON, CA 94583, 925.838.9642
The holidays are upon us, with Halloween starting the celebrations, followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanza. Studies show we gain five or more pounds during the holidays, and that we hold onto that weight.
The body is an amazing source of intelligence. It is always there for you, pumping blood, never skipping a heartbeat, digesting whatever food you put in it and maintaining homeostasis.
Is this reliable, intelligent bio-computer making a mistake by craving ice cream or a hamburger or chocolate? Are cravings due to lack of will-power or discipline? I'd like to suggest that cravings are not a problem. They are critical pieces of information that tell you what your body needs. The important thing is to understand why you crave what you crave. Perhaps your diet is too restrictive or devoid of essential nutrients. Perhaps you are living a lifestyle that is too boring or stressful. Your body tries to correct the imbalance by sending you a message: a craving. A craving for something sweet could mean you need more protein, more exercise, more water or more love in your life. The key to stopping the sugar craving is to understand and deliver what your body really needs.
No book or theory can tell you what to eat. Only awareness of your body and its needs can tell you. Of all the relationships in our lives, the one with our body is the most essential. It takes communication, love and time to cultivate a relationship with your body. As you learn to decipher and respond to your body's cravings, you will create a deep and lasting level of health and balance.
The next time you have a craving, treat it as a loving message from your body instead of a weakness. Try these tips to respond to your body:
* Have a glass of water and wait 10 minutes. * Eat a healthier version of what you crave. For example, if you crave sweets, try eating more fruit and sweet or root vegetables. * What is out of balance in your life? Is there something you need to express, or is something being repressed? What happened in your life just before you had this craving? * When you eat the food you are craving, enjoy it, taste it, savor it; notice its effect. Then you will become more aware and free to decide if you really want it next time.
This was a sneak peak into my upcoming workshop on Saturday, November 14th, 2-4pm in San Ramon, where you will learn more about taming your cravings and avoiding putting on weight during the holidays.
If you need personalized guidance and support, consult with me for a customized plan to support your health and happiness.
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