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The Christmas Gift

“Celebrate the happiness that family and friends are always

giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!”

~ Amanda Bradley

 

It’s that time of the year again: holiday celebrations complete with a variety of gift giving traditions, family and friends.

 

There are many things to think about….As we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, fighting the crowds and worrying about what gifts to get for your loved ones, it’s easy to forget why we are celebrating in the first place.

 

It’s not about the gifts or fretting over holiday plans or even worrying about how cooked the turkey is. It’s about

reconnecting with loved ones, practicing gratitude and

forgetting about all of the struggle and strife that may

have occurred over the past year.

 

This holiday season, take some time to rekindle old friendships. Get together when you’d otherwise be busy. Pick up the phone and call people you don’t make the time for and even invite someone to share the warmth of the holidays with you.  It’s time to forgive and forget and let go of this year’s struggles.

 

 

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah Happy Kwanzaa …
…And most of all Happy Healthy New Year.

 

AllABoutWomen found a great inspirational video for those of you celebrating Christmas to remind you to put the Christ back in Christmas. Enjoy. Pay it Forward.  Pray.
God Bless us Everyone~

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December 23, 2010 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

How Parents Can Support Children’s Health

Supportive parenting is still key for curbing childhood obesity.

With the recent signing of a “sweeping overhaul” of child nutrition standards in the United States, children will now have greater access to nutritious foods, such as fruits and vegetables, as part of their school lunches.

However, in the efforts to curb a childhood obesity epidemic, it’s important to not forget the greatest influence in promoting a child’s healthier future: parents. Supportive parenting continues to be key in setting a good example for children and encouraging healthy habits—here are five strategies that parents can adopt:

5 Tips for Keeping Kids Healthy

  1. Eat more family meals prepared at home. Home-cooked meals tend to be more nutritious than meals eaten on-the-go, and are more likely to include fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Aim to eat at least 5 meals prepared at home each week.
  2. When you can’t avoid eating out, help your children make healthy choices. Teach them to choose more nutrient-dense foods, such as fruit or salad as a side instead of fries, or milk instead of high-sugar sodas.
  3. When it comes to choosing snacks, help your kids choose wisely by avoiding snack foods that are high in sugar, fat, and sodium. Instead of potato chips, which are nutritionally bankrupt, have them select a piece of fresh fruit, loaded with vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber. Also, take advantage of IsaLean Shakes and Bars as convenient ways to make sure kids get the nutrients they need without all the extra calories and sodium.
  4. Help your kids become more active. Limit sedentary activities such as watching television, playing video games, and using the computer. Encourage them to pick outdoor activities that will keep them moving, such as bicycling, or have them participate in a sport that they enjoy.
  5. Don’t forget IsaKids Essentials! A quality multi-vitamin can work to bridge nutrient gaps by helping fulfill daily requirements of vitamins and minerals that are necessary to maintain good health.

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December 20, 2010 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

How to Think of the Perfect Gift

 

How to Think of the Perfect Gift

If it’s the thought that counts, then why did you buy your friends and loved ones fruitcakes last year? Make it easy on yourself and use these thought-starters to help spark your gift-giving ideas.

Memory Lane
Some of the easiest but most thoughtful gifts are those that incorporate shared memories. Take a trip down memory lane to remember concerts, favorite songs, road trips, vacations, restaurants and other great memories you’ve shared for gift ideas. Remember your college roommate’s lengthy foray into international music? Send them a few digital downloads of their old favorite songs and a gift card for more music downloads of their choice. Still think of that trip to Vegas you took with your best friend? Go online and order a souvenir from the hotel or a show you saw. Or the T-shirt you never bought from the Wayne Newton gift shop.

Just Pick Something
When shopping for personal items like books, jewelry or clothing, it’s easy to get stuck in second guesses. “Would he really wear this?” “Is this her style?” Just go for it. Find out her favorite store and select something you like for her or that reminds you of her. Know his favorite author? Look for special editions, digital downloads or other bonus products affiliated with his favorite book.

Give a Skill
Know a budding photographer who’d love to sharpen their skills? A car fanatic who’d love to learn race car driving. Or an avid traveler who’d love it if they could speak the language? Give the gift of learning. Search online for schools or instructors who offer gift certificates for their services. Learning something is a longer-lasting gift than any fruitcake (maybe).
Compliments of Success Magazine.    

Healthy New Year
So once again your friends and relatives want to lose that pesky 10 pounds for good.. or maybe it’s amped up to 20 pounds by now.  What do you give them?  Give them the gift of Nutrition and they will find the pounds and inches fall away effortlessly, while increasing energy during the day and sleeping better at night.  The gift of slumber! 

Merry Christmas everyone, and above all- remember the Reason for the Season.

December 16, 2010 at 7:31 am Leave a comment


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