A GUILT FREE HOLIDAY SEASON

canstockphoto8061548 (2)The Holidays approach us, it seems in hurry

Bringing again the temptation that gives me great worry

The turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy

I’ll devour a quantity that could feed a great Navy

 

The stuffing, the ice cream, the cakes and the pie

I’ll be a glutton until January, when again I’ll ask why

Why is my waist the size of a house?

Why can’t I wear by biggest stretch blouse?

 

Why did I eat all the candy and cheese?

Why did I answer to seconds, “Yes please!”

Why is it that I surrender my will?

Eating carbs and sugar; never feeling my fill

 

Why can’t I stop with just a little taste?

Why does my best friend have such small waist?

How does she curb her appetite with such ease?

Please tell me her secret, I’m begging you please

 

Let this be the January I wake with much pride

Noticing my hips is a little less wide

When I step on the scale without a tinge of guilt

And see such a small number instead of the word “Tilt”

 

Ummmmm Turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, lots of butter, cranberry sauce, stuffing, Whipped Cream piled high on Pumpkin and on Cherry Pie, had to have a piece of both.   The taste is incredible and the urge to splurge is well beyond the boundaries of reason.  Just when Thanksgiving is over, the holiday parties start and it would be rude to turn down all the dishes placed before your eyes.   Then there is Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Dinner and the inevitable New Years dinner party and celebration. 

TRAUMA THURSDAY MORNING, January 2, 2014, finds you stepping on a scale, AND IT GROWNS, while you are whispering, Shessh!  When you look in the mirror the reflection reminds you of an distorted amusement park mirror and you ask yourself, why does my tummy and my bottom look so big … then you burp!

We have the power to change the future, STARTING RIGHT NOW!  We can have the power to enjoy the taste of fine holiday food without over indulging. You see, IT’S NOT EATING good tasting food that causes Trauma Thursday, IT’S OVEREATNG.  The TRICK/SECRET to eating right during the holiday season, involves implementationof “TRIGGERED LIMITS”; a Balanced Life Wellness tool.

With TRIGGERED LIMITS, you do not have to consciously fight the urge to eat, and eat and eat.  you will automatically serve yourself a reasonable “taste” quantity of your most enjoyable foods; feel satiated when you have completed your Balanced Meal and turn Trauma Thursday into Triumphant Thursday, for you will have defeated the Holiday Temptations.

It is about being polite, satiated, and guilt free.

There is an additional benefit of TRIGGERED LIMITS; 2014 Weight, Nutrition and Exercise Resolutions you can keep without fear, without reservation and with incredible results.  Your new meal plan will be easy to follow, your exercise schedule will be automatic and your weight will move in the desired direction with little or no deviation temptation.

To learn more about the Balanced Life Wellness “TRIGGERED LIMITS” tool, please call….

 

Your New Year’s Resolution Solution!!!

New Year's Resolution CCIt’s that time of year again…

Those beautiful lights that once set otherwise ordinary lawns aglow slowly diminish, there are trash bags full of crumpled wrapping paper and Christmas trees line the curb waiting to be picked up, as you scan the radio stations the only thing you can hear that brings back memories of the holiday are the commercials still advertising holiday specials.  And you suddenly realize the holidays are over and if you want 2013 to be different from 2012 you’ll need a better plan not just another New Year’s Resolution but a solution that will make 2013 the best year ever.

As long as I can remember every year many of us make New Year’s Resolutions on January 1st hoping to keep during the year. The list is endless with different types of resolutions we make. Some of the most popular ones are to exercise more, lose weight, quit smoking, stop procrastination, save more money, get out of debt, start a business and maybe even take an exotic vacation. Probably the most disappointing part is that most people don’t stick to their New Year’s Resolutions, in fact they barely make it days, let alone weeks past the New Year.

We often think that if you need to make a change in your life, you shouldn’t have to wait until new years to put it into action.  But, the reason it is a tradition is that it is a powerful mechanism, and requires you to be accountable to the friends and family that you tell.

Whether you think it is silly or not, it is important that you set goals for yourself, health, spiritual, family, travel, finances, and business. Consider your past endeavors and try and look at them in a new light and from a different angle…It isn’t about working harder, and destroying your quality of life…It’s about working smarter!

Breakthroughs can happen anywhere and anytime, but only when you are open to them.  Take some time to examine what is working for you and what isn’t working.  Don’t repeat the same mistakes of last year, or spin your wheels when you don’t have to. Take time to find a real solution to your New Year’s Resolution.

If you want to create a great year and actually stick to your New Year’s Resolutions consider a different solution: hypnosis. I personally feel that Hypnosis is a powerful tool that can help you become successful with your New Year’s Resolutions.  Hypnosis is excellent for changing the subconscious mind and helping it get on board with your New Year’s Resolution.  Many of us know what to do but somehow we get off course during the days, weeks and months after we make the resolution.  Hypnosis is a true solution that can help the conscious and subconscious mind learn to work together so you can able to achieve more successes during 2013.

At Balanced Life Wellness we are committed to helping you create and maintain your New Year’s Resolutions that will last all year long.

Depressed? Tips On How To Kick The Blues!

Depression is an illness that can be crippling for sufferers, as they may want to sleep all the time and have no motivation to go about their day. While depression affects more women than men, it can harm anyone and needs to be dealt with. Read this article for tips on dealing with depression.

Holidays

For many depressed persons, holidays can be an especially challenging time. Some advance planning and a flexible attitude might help to keep things in perspective. Instead of trying to carry out many different family traditions in a short time frame, choose just one or two that are especially meaningful to incorporate this year. Instead of baking everyone’s favorite holiday cookie, bale the one that everyone likes and is sure to enjoy. Keep your commitments realistic and avoid placing pressure on yourself to keep things perfect.

Diet

Increase the amounts of foods you eat that help your body produce serotonin, such as fish. Serotonin is a neurochemical that your body uses to improve your body. Many medications act to increase the amount of serotonin in your brain, but you can create this effect naturally by changing your diet.

Exercise

The best way to beat depression and kick the blues is to become active and exercise. It is not a quick fix to the problem of depression but it is an ongoing way to make life better and gives you something to look forward too tomorrow. Not only does it release stress, but it makes a person feel better about themselves and gives you some control over your life.

Hypnosis

Take better care of your health. Depression is a mean little devil and it makes people forget how to take good care of themselves and their health. Depression also masks other feelings, such as anxiety or fear, and depressed people may find themselves staying up late into the night, only to begin the next day feeling even worse. If you find this is happening to you, set and maintain regular bedtimes. If you have trouble sleeping, practice relaxation techniques, such as visualization or self-hypnosis, while in bed.

Meditation

Try taking meditation. Meditation has proven to be one of the most effective ways of dealing with depression symptoms. Meditation encourages observation of thoughts rather than experience of thoughts and can be calming and give you the feeling that a burden has been lifted.

Sleep

Getting enough sleep – and the right kind of sleep – should be a critical focus for someone trying to overcome depression. Estimates are that more than 80% of people with depression have trouble getting enough sleep. Often, insomnia or a sleep disorder can be the culprit behind the onset of depression if a patient is not getting the restorative stages of deep sleep needed to feel refreshed and energized. Practicing good sleep hygiene can help to turn around many sleep issues, including going to bed at a set time, avoiding caffeine and alcohol in the evenings, and removing the television and other distractions from the bedroom. But when self-help methods don’t resolve long term sleep issues, then seek help from a sleep expert or sleep clinic.

Nutrition

Eat healthy meals at least three times a day. Sometimes poor nutrition can exacerbate depression. Treat your body with respect and eat healthy foods even if you do not feel hungry. Try to eat at the same times of day so that your natural cycles will be in sync.

Alcohol

Put down the bottle. Although you may feel temporarily better when you are slightly inebriated, alcohol is actually a central nervous system depressant. So aside from the inevitable hangover, alcohol only serves to make depression worse in the long run. A drink or two is fine if you do not have a history of alcoholism. However less is more, and it should be consumed in careful moderation.

If you feel that you have symptoms that are indicative of depression, try to talk to a physician and connect with a therapist. Too often, this untreated illness can ruin lives or end in suicide. Please remember the tips in this article if you or a loved one may be suffering from depression.

Staying Healthy and Fit Over the Holidays

For most people, the holidays are a time of indulgence, a time when diets are ditched and discipline is thrown to the wind. This holiday season can be different. With a bit of planning and persistence it is possible to stay healthy and fit over the holidays.

Step One: Start Small

Aim to make one change per week, and wait until that change has been fully integrated as a habit before moving on to the next one. For example, try eliminating sodas one week. The next week, work on another change, such as switching to nitrate-free meat products. In this way, lifestyle changes will be set in motion rather than merely adopting holiday habits that disappear with the arrival of the New Year.

Step Two: Have a Plan

Eating healthy during the holidays might be easy at home, but what about holiday parties? Holiday parties are often a time when food and alcohol consumption levels are high, which leads to countless empty calories and blown portion control.

It is vital to have a plan when attending holiday parties. Limit alcohol consumption by sipping a glass of water between each drink. This assists with staying hydrated as well controlling cravings for alcoholic beverages. If water is not enough, try adding lemon or cranberry juice to sparkling water.

Portion control is another key factor to control cravings. Eating before a party lessens the likelihood of mindless snacking. Choose a smaller plate and fill it with fruit and veggies. Don’t linger near the snack table; instead, keep a plate or drink in hand to reduce the temptation to graze.

Step Three: Stress Management

The holidays can be a stressful time especially if adequate sleep and fitness are missing from the equation. Getting plenty of restful sleep at night is essential to a stress management plan that supports fitness goals.

Proper sleep actually aids in eating healthy. Fatigue makes it harder to control cravings and makes people more inclined to reach for high carbohydrate foods that are laden with sugar in order to get a quick burst of energy.

Instead of high carb foods, focus on eating protein, staying hydrated and taking vitamins and minerals. Eating protein helps stabilize the blood sugar and control cravings. Staying hydrated helps the body to distinguish between hunger and thirst. Taking vitamins and minerals ensures that the body receives proper nutrition to stay on track with fitness goals during the busy holiday season.

Tips On How To Manage Stress Levels During the Holidays

At 7 a.m., you wake up, make coffee, drag yourself to work for 8 + hours, come home, make dinner, wash dishes, shower, brush your teeth and repeat the cycle all over again in the next day. Dealing with the daily grind can take a lot out of a person and be exceptionally stressful! This article provides many helpful tips and tricks to managing your stressful everyday life.

Instead of just thinking about how you can lower stress, write your thoughts out. Develop two lists for yourself: one that covers stresses you may have the ability to control and one that lists stressors out of your hands. Let go of the stresses that you can’t control and concentrate on the list of stressors that you can change.

Keeping a journal can go a long way in alleviating stress since it is an outlet for letting go of what stresses you out. Writing down your thoughts for instance, in a formal journal or free writing lets things out instead of bottling them up inside you. This is a great way to relieve stress.

Holidays

To keep stress to a minimum around the holidays, plan as much as you can ahead of time and do not take on more than you can handle. Have a potluck-style meal instead of cooking everything yourself, and have your spouse purchase gifts for his or her side of the family. Delegating tasks is a good way to keep your stress level under control.

Stress Management

If you have tried all sorts of ways to try to control and reduce your own levels of stress, and have not been successful, it is time for you to seek medical attention. Talk to your doctor for their recommendations of stress management sessions you can attend to get you back on track and feeling in control again.

Take a Bath with Essential Oils

Take a hot bath with lavender oils. Lavender has relaxing properties, both in its smell and when directly in contact with sore muscles. Soaking in a hot bath with lavender oils will allow you some time to yourself in the warm water, which has its own soothing effects as well.

Nutrition

Eat food that will make you feel positive about yourself and build your body. Eating lifeless and fatty fast food will stress you out. Don’t think that the food that you eat has nothing to do with the way you feel and why you are stressed. Even if you crave the sugar or fat, these kinds of foods only lead to making you feel worse.

Laughter

If you’re feeling stressed out, one fantastic cure is laughter. Do something silly with your family. Throw a water balloon. Watch a funny movie or some stand-up comedy. Laughing half an hour every day can have a dramatic improvement on your overall outlook and reduce your stress immensely.

Hypnosis & Self Hypnosis

Learning the technique of self hypnosis is a great way to relieve stress. The power of this technique lies in positive auto-suggestion and does not require anyone except you. It can induce states of deep relaxation and calmness. It reduces stress levels and reduces stress hormones, and can be very effective in controlling depression and anxiety also.

Now that you have learned a bit about stress management, you can get out there and enjoy the finer things in life! Everyone experiences stress in their life and it can happen for many reasons, but knowing how to manage that stress is the key to success. Now go get yourself some much needed beauty sleep!