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Holiday stress

Holiday season isn't all just about food

Plan ahead to stay on the right track

Prioritize this Thanksgiving

Choose treats wisely during the holidays

Starting a weightlifting routine

Healthy body has right signs

You need a livable food plan

Tailor your food according to needs

Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

Traveling can challenge eating habits

Parenting your own inner spoiled child

Long-term motives create long-lasting results

Interval training works for anyone

Check ingredients when eating out

Get out of the house for your workout

Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

Cooking extra saves time and calories

Even small changes can make an impact

Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

Make your lifestyle and health compatible

A little exercise can yield big results

Food plans can help you eat right

Moderation is weight-loss key

Give your weight-loss plan time

Combat post-holiday blues with activity

Choose holiday calories carefully

Good kitchen tools make life easier

Enjoy feast in moderation

Start planning holiday meals now

Don't buy Halloween candy too early

Theaters offer healthy snacks

Try to avoid evening snacking

Tips to stave off hunger pangs

Stuck?  Reassess your routine

Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

Learn to love being thin

Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

Fruity thoughts to keep fit

Water can ease cravings

Working a pool into your exercise routine

Stay focused, move forward

Delay caving to craving

Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

Holidays are never-ending

Measuring food is key to weight loss

Food-logging can help in weight loss

Find ways to make exercise fun

Reserve time for your exercise program

Substitutions for your holiday treats

Moderation is key to good diet

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Holiday stress

Well the holidays are all but over.  Just one more party night and it's back to normal life.  How did you do?

Even if you stuck pretty well to your food plan, got in some fairly regular exercise, and the scale isn't as bad as it's been in some years, the end of all the fun and festivities can be a bit of a crash.

For some, it can lead to a period of depression.  Depression has a tendency to make us crave sugar.  Your overall energy feels low and you feel burned out after all the rushing about for the past two months. 

Without thinking, you might tend to grab quick energy foods.  But that will spoil all the benefits of adhering to your plan throughout the holidays.

Consider engaging in things that will be energy and mood boosters.  First, while the weather is still nice and cool, start planning some early spring projects you've wanted to get done.  After all the decorations are down and stored, is a great time of year to paint a room, or plant a spring garden.

Are you a scrapbooker?  Start planning what you are going to do with all the new holiday pictures.  Maybe you can create next year's Christmas presents out of them, or use them for birthday presents.

Are you a shopper?  This is treasure-hunt time.  Get out there are start scouring for 75 to 90 percent off bargains for next year:  cards, decorations, even gifts.

In the short term, get outside and enjoy the weather.  This is the time of year that reminds us why we live in the Valley of the Sun.  Nice walks in the sunshine are at the top of the list for creating a cheery outlook.