Ideal Life Blog

Lowering Holiday Stress Part 1

Holiday stress can mount at this time of year for many people. Demands on your time, finances, and energy can be all consuming and lead to higher anxiety and possible consequences including: An unhappy holiday experience leaving you wishing it would just end now. A month long hit on your blood pressure causing it to remain elevated with all the implications that can cause. A slip or even a crash with your healthy eating leading to over-indulgence in holiday sweets, treats, and high fat food and drinks. Be prepared in advance this year. Be conscious of what lifts your holiday spirit and …

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Sockless Summer

Sockless Summer

Ah, sockless summer! It was the last day of school and every one of us could hardly wait for the final bell and the beginning of summer holidays! School was done for another year. As soon as I got home the first thing done was to kick off my shoes and rip off my socks. The sockless summer had officially begun. It was 1973 and back in those days shoes and socks were strictly taboo in the summer. We spent a lot of time in the back alley as kids and in those days it was a gravel alley. It …

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Holiday Energizers

Consider these holiday energizers. Exercise or physical activity in general can tend to go missing in action during the holiday season. If so, read on and find out how to keep active while you enjoy all the festivities of the season. Parties, family gatherings, and many other social events dominate our time during the holiday season.  It is a time of wonderful connection with family and friends and, hopefully, a time of great joy for everyone.  Along with it comes all of the sweets, treats, drinks, higher fat foods, and simply an abundance of foods of all types put out at …

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7 Tips To Avoid The Holiday Nutrition Crash

The holiday nutrition crash is all too common every year.  The holiday season is a time of fun, excitement, and connection with family and friends… and eating.  Lots and lots of eating! It seems to always be defined by food, and usually not very healthy food.  If this holiday season leaves you feeling terrified about derailing all you have done so far to embrace and live an active and healthy lifestyle, fear not.  You can enjoy all the holiday season has to offer AND stay on track with your active healthy lifestyle. Remember that there are all kinds of external influences …

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Invictus

I watched the movie Invictus the other day.  What a powerful and inspiring movie!  In one scene Nelson Mandela describes to François Pienaar, the rugby team captain and leader, a poem he used to endure the hardest of days in prison and to rise up to the life he ultimately led.  Phrases and words hit home to me during the movie but not until after when I read the entire poem did I really see what it meant. Your Ideal Life comes from rising above your current situation to become more than you currently see for yourself.  This may be …

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