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5 ways to stay healthy and happy through the holidays

We are just a few short weeks from the official ‘holiday zone’,here are 5 easy tips on how to survive and enjoy the holidays while keeping up with your health and wellness goals. 

1.    Journal — Jot down what you eat throughout the day. Don’t worry, I don’t believe in counting calories or anything silly like that, but I do believe in accountability.  Journaling what you put in your mouth on a daily basis can be hugely informative and transformative.  This can be as simple as writing down everything you eat on a sticky note, in a journal or even in the notes on your smart phone.  Being accountable for every little thing that you put in your mouth can be very enlightening.  All those little extra bites here and there add up.  I find that if I write down what I eat it keeps me from reaching for that extra cookie. 

2.    Hydrate your Body- Yep. I am one of those water-pushers.  Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.  Keeping your body properly hydrated not only helps keep you full but does wonder for your skin and joints too! Aim to drink ½ your body weight in ounces each day. For example, if you weigh 120lbs, then you should aim to drink 60 ounces of water a day.

3.     Follow the 80/20 Rule- Eat healthy 80% of the time and reserve the 20% for those decadent holiday treats that you really look forward to each year or that glass of bubbly or wine. Balance is the key to enjoying the holiday season.  By allowing yourself a little wiggle room to enjoy some of your seasonal favorites you won’t fall into that “all or nothing’ mentality of thinking.   You know, the one where you have 1 cookie that all the sudden turns into 3 or 6 cookies. A good rule of thumb is to treat your self to 1 treat a day not 6.  Or you can eat healthy all week and bank your 20% for a special dinner where you want to enjoy a little bit of everything.  

Be mindful of your body.  Take note of how you are feeling.  Think of each meal as a new start.  If you overindulged at one meal, balance out your next meal with something nutritious and light, such as, a Bliss Detox Salad from Garden Bar!


4.    Make Exercise Non-Negotiable- Getting some form of exercise in daily is essential during the holiday season.  As the season progresses it seems easier and easier to make excuses why we can’t exercise.  Building in time for exercise will not only help you cope better with the stress of the season, but will also help you feel better about yourself and keep you sane!   Take a 10-20 minute walk at lunchtime.  Or wake up 30 minutes early to squeeze in a quick workout.  Just doing 10 minutes of exercise, three times a day is beneficial.

5.    Breathe — Last but not least, take a moment everyday to slow down, breathe and reflect on what you are grateful for in your life.  During this holiday season it is easy to lose sight of the real meaning of special holidays so taking a moment to slow down, close your eyes and focus on your breath can provide a much-needed respite.  Find a comfortable place to sit, close your eyes, and just start focusing on your breath.  Then inhale for four counts, hold at the top for two counts and exhale for four counts.  Do this breathing technique 5-10 times and then gently open your eyes and take note of how you are feeling.  This simple technique can help you de-stress and put your focus back in check.


I hope some of these techniques will help you not only survive the holidays but enjoy them too!

In Health and Happiness,

Abby Bliss White

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Abby has pulled together a toolbox of everything you’ll need to fuel your body, simplify your schedule, alleviate anxiety, and feel amazing – so you can finally focus 100% on celebrating.  Program Dates- October 26th-December 27th.    Learn more and register at: