Posted by: Pamela Kalivas | December 21, 2012

12 Days Before New Year’s!

New Year's Party Favors

New Year's Party Hats

We’ve reached the last days before New Year’s
and here’s for your delight.
  12 Easy Solutions to start your New Year’s off right!

Day 12: December 21st:  Holiday parties bring delicious temptations. Resist the extra pounds with our healthy eating tips -start with appetizers, choose one you crave the most, no matter the content. This way you can indulge a little in the beginning without succumbing to the main course.

  • Main course: Choose a few special dishes to savor, rather than overloading your plate with a sample of everything. Make at least 2-3 of these dishes vegetable based.
  • Devilish desserts: Slice your own sliver of pie, as people tend to cut bigger pieces for others than themselves. If you receive a large sized piece, you can split it someone else.

Day 11: December 22nd:   Lifting your “Holiday Spirit” for those last minute shoppers.   You may feel rushed to lift too many packages from the stores to your car.  An important thing to remember this season is your back by lifting correctly and carrying in your green zone.

Day 10: December 23rd:  “Staying Sane” during Family Gatherings:  A few simple steps can help you keep your family’s holiday gathering from spinning out of control.  Set a time limit for the event and make sure everyone knows. Don’t expect too much and plan a few structured activities which encourage everyone to get along.

Chocolate Dipped Figs

Chocolate Dipped Figs

Day 9: December 24th:     “Hostess Party Tips” for Healthy Eating: December beckons us with hot cocoa, eggnog and sweet candy canes. But as a “Hostess with the Mostest” you can provide chocolate dipped figs which are low in calories and packed with fiber.   Sneak apple cider vinegar into your salad dressing which can stabilize blood sugar levels and slow down hunger pangs.  From First for Women Magazine this great recipe calls for 2 tsp. vinegar, 2 tbs. water, 1tbs. olive oil, 1 tsp. honey and 1 tsp. mustard.

Day 8: December 25thFamily and Friend Gatherings are great for renewing your spirit, counting your blessings and to prepare for the next years goals.

Day 7: December 26th: “Holiday Travel” stocking stuffers can include hand sanitizers, wipes, tissues and saline spay can bring you home safely flu and cold free.

Day 6: December 27th:  With mobile devices so much a part of our lives, using the laptop and texting in bed makes us cringe.  Resist bringing the office to bed.  Sitting upright without proper lumbar support can strain the back, neck and shoulders not to mention; annoy your partner.  Best to stash the briefcase and work stress somewhere else.

Day 5: December 28th: Discourage “Undercover Workaholics” with these tips:  Make your bedroom a device free zone including charges because screen light wave disrupt the body clock and delays sleep by keeping your body alert.  Extending legs out straight can affect the lower back and improperly aligned eyes and wrists can cause strain.

Day 4: December 29th:     Quick “Office Clutter Cures” before starting the New Year includes:  streamline your email filing, resist having a junk drawer, limit accessory items on your desk top.  Gain control of your environment with positive de-cluttering habits building a schedule spending no more than 15 minutes per day.

New Years 2013

Day 3: December 30th:  Get prepared to stay awake for your New Year’s Eve festivities by getting enough sleep tonight.  Eliminate these sleep killers so you won’t be tired the next day.  Too much caffeine blocks the sleep inducing action of the brain chemical, adenosine. Too much light can interfere with sleep hormones which kick in about 9 or 10 p.m. making it harder to fall asleep.  Too much alcohol disrupts sleep patterns causing you to wake more often during the night.  Making it a glass of wine or cocktail at dinner is not as disruptive as night cap.

Day 2: December 31th:   Setting your Goals for New Year’s resolutions: Make them short, specific, and time limited while writing them down encourages success.

Day 1: January 1st:   You’ve taken our journey so now you are prepared to welcome the New Year with good health and good cheer!  Happy 2013!




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