The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with loved ones and celebrate traditions, new and old.
- Watch Those Pennies! Year-end medical bills and rolling insurance deductibles can clash with your plans for holiday generosity. And nothing can add holiday stress faster than overspending. Release yourself from the pull of perfectionism and aim for personalization. Plan a gift list and budget BEFORE you shop to keep you on track. Too busy for the big box stores? Embrace the joys of the Amazon Gift Guide. You can avoid the crowds AND those sparkly impulse buys. Got more people on your list than your bank account can sustain? Go artisanal! Bake cookies for neighbors, flavor olive oils for coworkers, and mix up bath salts with essential oils for that distant cousin, twice removed, that you only see once every 365 days. Pinterest is your friend here folks! Side perk: your new year’s budget goals will be that much easier with a dash of holiday spending restraint.
- Embrace Your Inner Foodie! Tis the season to enjoy the treats that parade before you but BE SELECTIVE. Holiday snacking can wreak havoc on your blood sugars if you don’t keep tabs on your diet. So, plan smart! Keep your day-to-day eating as clean and on schedule as possible to fuel your body with good nutrition between the parties. Save your splurges for the REALLY tasty goodies and try to resist your favorite barista’s latest peppermint sprinkled invention. If you are invited to bring a dish, bust out your chef hat and dish up something deliciously high in protein and healthy fats. Protein can help your body offset the barrage of holiday-based post-meal blood sugar spikes and you’ll be bringing something YOU can use as a solid party-base before you prowl your way down the cookie exchange table.