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Pay Your Body Back After The Holidays

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Are you feeling a little “out of whack” after the holidays? This is a challenging time of year for all of us busy women to stay healthy. Our regular, and hopefully healthy, routine is interrupted by added stress, hectic schedules, and an abundance of naughty foods.

You body is smart and it will deal with whatever you give it. Your body got you through the holidays, with all that entails. Don’t you think it is time to pay it back? Of course, if you don’t pay it back — it will pay you back in ways you won’t like!

Here are some tips to get you started.

• Purge: Look around - If your house is like mine, there are tempting treats everywhere. Cookies, candies, salty snacks, all just calling to you… eat me, eat me! It’s time to remove the temptation.

• Keep It Flowing: Feeling a little bound up from the holiday indulging? As one of my dietitian friends says, “You can’t float a log down a dry stream!” Help your digestive system out by drinking water. As the weather gets colder, the air becomes drier and you need more water, as well.

• Schedule Some Me Time: During the holidays it is hard to set aside time just for you. Make time now! Schedule a massage, a pedicure, a bubble bath, even a girls’ night out. Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish, it is essential!

• Reset Your Clock: Changes in your routine can mess with your body. Try to get up at the same time every morning, go to bed at a consistent time, and eat meals at predictable times so your body has a chance to settle down and function properly. Spending even five minutes outdoors during the day will help your body reset as well, plus it may improve your mood!

• Grab Some ZZZs: Most women don’t get enough sleep, during the holidays the problem can become severe. Make sure you get seven to eight hours sleep consistently.

Pay your body back to live longer, feel better, and stress less. Wishing you low stress and great success in 2010!

Eliz Greene survived a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggled to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and searched for a way to hold on to the perspective and passion she found in her near-death experience.

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