Healthy Tips for the Holidays
About The Author
Robbin Miller is a former little league baseball player after it became legal in 1974. She played from 1975-1977 after enduring boos and negative comments such as "Go home to play with dolls," on the field. Robbin is a mother of a 8 year old boy playing little league baseball this summer. Robbin is an author of "Playgroup Time," and "Three Best Friends," picture books promoting inclusion and diversity for all children with abilities.
Happy Holidays to all families.
It is that time of year where we are gearing up to plan and to organize and not maybe organize our holiday shopping needs. I interviewed Paula Dendoncourt, Certified Holistic Health Coach, for my monthly TV cable access show, "Miller Chat." My show is seen in Shrewsbury, MA but it can be accessed through the on-demand feature on the Shrewsbury Public Cable Access website. Here are some helpful tips from Paula Dendoncourt to manage the holidays this season.
1. Before you go over a friends or family members' home, it may be best to have eaten before you go if you have allergies to nuts, milk, wheat, and gluten products. If it is a pot luck, bring a dish you can eat as well as share with the guests and with the host at the party.. You can also contact the host of the party, if you feel comfortable to do so, to request that they serve foods you are not allergic to such as nuts that cause an allergic reaction just by smell and scent. The goal is enjoy yourself and not be rushed to the hospital if you have a severe reaction to one of the dishes served at the party.
2. For many people, the holidays reminds them of a loved one who is no longer with them or not speaking with for a variety of reasons. It is OK to cry and to talk about it either with a therapist or a trusted friend to let them know how you are feeling. Paula suggested maybe volunteering at a local organization that may lift your spirits as you grieve your loss this time of year.
3. If you are intending to shop the brick and mortar stores, remember to put your gifts in the trunk of the car and out of sight if you are shopping at one or more stores. It is well known that every year shoppers' cars are broken into by thieves who want your gifts for free. At the same time, if you are intending to buy online for the Black Friday sales or so, remember to buy what you can afford with self-discipline and self-control.
4. Remember to drive carefully as there are more cars on the road that may drive fast and exhibit road rage on their way to the stores and in the parking lots. Take a few deep breaths to relax if someone cuts you off to reground yourself while on the road.
5. If you choose to eat more sugary foods such as cakes, cookies, and pies, please try to be mindful on how much you eat if you choose to do so. It is well known that many people choose to lose weight at one of their New Years Resolutions every year where many fail to continue it after a month. The research recommends that you choose a buddy to tell about your dietary plans so you can be accountable and reminded on your goals for the New Year.
Here is the link to my show: http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01028&video=324959
As an fyi, I am giving away one copy of "Three Best Friends," at www.goodreads.com. Here is the link: