Staying Zen for the Holidays

photo credit: www.instituteintegrativenutrition.comWheww! Here is comes…the holidays are about to be in full effect starting tomorrow! Yikes! I just looked at my calender for the next month, between Christmas parties, kid functions, Pilates, and gearing up for the New Year and everything health. I am already starting to feel the anxiety so with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s ideas and my little add on’s, here is a guide to staying zen for the holidays.

Get Outdoors:

Getting outdoors can keep those nasty bugs from taking over your system, get outdoors for some fresh air, even on those blustery days. Decorate the outside of your home for the holidays, play in the snow with the kids, (if you’re lucky enough to already have some.)  or go for a walk and take the dog.

Sleep More:

Ever notice how in the winter you just want to hibernate. Well while you have the warm and cozy, holiday-lit filled, sweet smelling home, live it up! Get into bed a little earlier, grab that book you’ve been dying to read, or grab a cup of hot chamomile tea and relax. Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays it seems a little crazy to even think that’s possible. But with all the benefits you couldn’t possibly not want the extra sleep, it improves your mood, skin and hair, and boost your energy all at the same time.

Be Grateful:

The holidays are a time to be grateful for everything we have, family, friends, your health, a home, someone to celebrate with, even good food. Best way I stay grateful is by keeping a journal. Everyday I write down 5 things I am most grateful for. It puts into perspective the silly stressful things that sometimes seem to take over the day. I honestly believe, when you acknowledge what you’re grateful for it actually opens the door for more grateful things to walk in.

Just Breathe:

   Breathe? What is that during the holidays! There’s no time for that!! Try to focus on taking some down time. Try some calming breaths, inhale through your nose, trying to fill your lungs completely, exhale through your mouth. Try some meditation or yoga to calm your mind and spirit. Even Pilates is a great mind-body connection that focuses on breathing also.

Eat Clean:

Make sure to eat some-what clean this holiday season. Yes we all want to indulge in pumpkin pie, chocolate martinis, and endless mounds of cookies. So, be sure to include whole super foods, eat lots of veggies, dark greens, fruits, and good for you grains. Think about bringing your own dish to your family dinner or Christmas party, then you’re guaranteed to eat something healthy.

Incorporate Oils:

Oils are great for everything! Use lemon to help detoxify, lavender to help you hit the pillow a little quicker, digestzen is great for all those over-stuffing dinners, grapefruit for holiday hangovers, and serenity for a calm mind.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my followers! Enjoy your family and friends!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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