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A Healthy Holiday Break, 2010

This is a post from a year ago…almost to the day. I am taking my healthy break, officially. The office is closed for the holidays, and I have already started a cooking whirlwind.  I love to cook, particularly with The Food Network or The Cooking Channel joining me for inspiration.  But cooking is different when I am working and juggling 4 children and a home: it’s much harder and less enjoyable.  So for a little while I will enjoy the flexibility and unpredictability of my 2 week ‘non-routine.’  I will enjoy cooking.  Though I do not look like the photo of this nice lady, I certainly hope I will feel like her!  I hope you enjoy your break as well. Thanks for your readership and following. I wish only the best in life and health for you and your family!

Healthy…hmmm.  Many may think I am going to write about how to eat healthy during the holidays, but I am not.  Fooled you! 

There are other ways to be healthy during this holiday season.  Moving your body.  Resting.  Thinking.  Prioritizing and organizing.

The holidays offer a much needed respite for many.  Moms get to enjoy a change of pace with children who are home. 

Children get to sleep in and not worry about the daily grind of homework and classes.  Dads get time off too, and always seem to enjoy the break from work demands and hassles.

Many folks don’t eat right during the holidays.  How can you resist the traditional foods and the desserts?! 

The holidays offer special foods and traditions, and a break in the usual routine.  Schedules are looser, meals are either highly planned or on the fly due to shopping or travel. 

It is really a time to enjoy, kick back, rest, and re-fuel.  Is it worth it in the end to resist those foods we really want?  Is it OK to take a break from the usual routine of exercise, menu planning, and cooking? 

Of course.  Eat what you want, and be smart about how much.  Take a break from cooking and make smart choices. Change your exercise routine but keep moving.

The holiday break is short.  Enjoy it!  All of it. 

Enjoy the time away from work and away from school.  Enjoy the yummy foods served during the holidays.  Enjoy your time with your family.  Enjoy the break in routine.

January will come knocking quickly.  And we can all look forward to eating right, moving more, and being healthier.

Our usual routine in the New Year.

For me, I will enjoy the opportunity to cook without the pressure of working.  I will rest, enjoy my husband, children and friends, and enjoy planning my goals for the coming year.  

I hope you find yourself enjoying a healthy break too. Here’s how some of my friends enjoy the holidays.

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  1. What wonderful advice Jill! I plan on heeding all of it! In a time where we keep hearing we should ‘limit this’ and ‘avoid that’ in order to stay healthy during the holidays, you share another perspective that really resonates. Thank you for this “breath of fresh air”… I am ready to relax, enjoy, and take in the spirit of the holiday season!