Do you notice your clothes tighter during the holiday season? While statistics show that people gain on average less than two-pounds, the psychological toll of the stress and chaos of the season can cause us to overeat and feel blah. Making simple healthy substitutions to your holiday traditions can improve how you feel, both mind and body, throughout the season and beyond. So, enjoy the festivities whether they are at home or not…and try out our 20 healthy holiday substitutions that can easily fit into your busy life.
I’m delighted to share this fun and festive holiday episode of “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast. While this season will look different than before, more virtual and less big gatherings, on this episode I have a very special guest who loves to celebrate and shares with us how. We chat about finding happiness and creating joy together, even though many of us are apart. I’m thrilled to introduce you to Meghan Buchanan Roberts – a secondary education school counselor, a former manager for Hershey Corporate, a wife, a Mom and my fabulous and full of fun – college roommate. She’s always been someone who has commemorated the big and little in life, so she seemed like the perfect person to have this conversation – and hopefully help us all make the holidays special.
It’s the most wonderful time of year, though much different than holidays past. To honor the season and be practical while festive, we’re excited to showcase our 7th Annual Pretty Wellness Healthy Holiday Gift Guide full of ideas to support local businesses as well as showcase efforts to shop from home. While we have highlighted a few of our favorite gift ideas below, new this year we’ve created a comprehensive downloadable guide with links to make your life easier. We want to inspire you to embrace healthy living and give the gift of health and happiness to your friends and family.
Holidays can be stressful. Organizing multiple family functions. Stress! Creating memorable experiences. Stress! Finding meaningful gifts at decent prices. Stress! It can all be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be.
When it comes to being healthy, I’ve spent the last six years laser focused on how to live a healthy lifestyle focused on being well. As a two-time cancer survivor, most recently with stage IV disease, I research and try different wellness practices. I always search for modalities that work for me and then can share with others. My goal is to generate healthy living ideas to help make others’ lives easier. So as I jump into the holiday spirit, I’m sharing tips and tricks on how to stay healthy and bust stress this time of year. I believe that it’s all about taking smalls steps toward what you want…
I’m a retired marshmallow peep and chocolate caramel covered candy junkie. Formerly, the spring holidays meant adding a few pounds and a sugar rush hangover. I now think about how far I’ve come and what I can do to successfully navigate these challenging situations.
We all have vices. Mine used to be sugar…and cheese…and diet soda…and creamy alcoholic drinks and the list continued on and on. However, when I first started researching healing and disease prevention modalities, I quit eating ALL this crud and haven’t looked back. I also prioritized fitness or simply being active and played with mindfulness techniques. The one area, call it my vice, that I have not given up has been drinking wine.