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  • Healthy Holiday Helpers

    The Holiday Season is starting with parties, family gatherings and lots of goodies too! With all the activities and extra things to do, it is tempting to just grab anything handy to eat on the go! Oh no, what do I do?

    Here are some healthy holiday helpers to keep yourself on track with your health goals:

    • Plan ahead, bring water and food with you when you are out and about doing your errands or traveling.
    • Each time you prepare a meal, make twice as much and freeze in portions to be ready for your next busy day.

     

    • Make ‘water’ your friend. For every cup of caffeine or alcohol you consume, drink two glasses of water.
    • Added 3-5 drops of doTERRA Grapefruit or Slim & Sassy Blend essential oils to your glass of water. This will help to curb your appetite and give you a refreshing lift in energy and mood. Get them HERE
    • Eat at regular times throughout the day, don’t ‘save up’ for the dinner party.

     

    • Don’t stand near the appetizer or the buffet table. Take just a little and walk away to the other side of the room. 
    • Alternate your indulgences. Have a dessert at one party, but no appetizers or alcohol, then switch it up for the next party.
    • Enjoy small portions of those ‘Special Foods’ that you associate with the Holidays & pass by those that you can get anytime of the year.

     

    • When baking or creating your favorite recipe, watch out for the ‘tasting’. Those calories can really add up, even the “healthy” tastes. Put the mixing bowls in the sink right away under running water.
    • Get your sleep. 7 – 8 hours each night will help you to be more focused, have more energy AND get what needs to get done faster and better. When you’re tired you lose willpower and give in to your cravings. When you are rested you make better decisions in every part of your life.

     

    • If you find your energy level dipping or your clothes getting a bit snugger, immediately start tracking everything that passes your lips. Do it diligently, EVERY day! It will help you realize just what you are doing or not doing.

     

    Do you find the holidays a bit overwhelming at times? Check out my blog “De-Stressing” the Holidays for more helpful hints.

    Sending Blessings your way for a wonderful Christmas & New Year,

    Kathy

    December 14, 2017 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 116

  • De-STRESSing the Holidays with Essential Oils

    The time between Halloween and New Year’s Day can get overwhelming with all the things we feel obliged to do. In my two previous posts, De-Stressing the Holidays and De-Stressing the Holidays with Meal Shortcuts , I shared many of the things I do to make this time of year more enjoyable. Over the last several years I have been delving into essential oils and have found them to be amazing in bringing even more balance and harmony into my environment which helps me and those around me.

    One of the many things I like about essential oils is that they do most of the smelling e oilswork.  All I have to do is open the bottle and put a couple drops into my diffuser or take a whiff from the bottle!

     

    Here is a great gift for just about everyone any time of the year

    bath salts in jarRelaxing Bath Salts

     Mix 1 cup Epsom Salts with 10 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) and store in a sealed jar. Tie it up with a bow for gift giving!

     

    De-Stressing Essential Oils*

    Cypress – encourages one to cast aside worries and let go of control so they can enjoy the thrill of being alive

    Elevation, The Joyful Blend – assists in letting go of lower energy vibrations and can soothe the heart and balance emotions.

    Geranium  is a great balancer, due to it being an adrenal cortex stimulant, & helps regulate moods. It creates a sense of security and comfort It is gently uplifting and balancing. 

    Lavender – calms the insecurities that are felt when one risks their true thoughts and feelings.Essential aroma oil with lemon and mint on wooden background. Selective focus.

    Lemon – improves one’s ability to focus, restoring energy and mental flexibility

    Lime – instills courage and joy in the heart and reminds one to be grateful for the gift of life.

    Roman Chamomile – restores one’s confidence to do what they came to do

    Serenity, The Resting Blend – assists to calm feelings of hostility, fear, anger, jealousy, rage and resentment

    Ylang Ylang – assists those feeling over-stressed and helps restore joyfulness

    *NOTE – Not all essential oils are of the purity which is why I ONLY purchase from one brand, doTERRA Certified Pure Theraputic Grade Essential Oils. If you would like to learn more and/or purchase at Wholesale pricing, contact me, Kathy@kathyskinner.com

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    This is a great diffuser to bring those up lifting aromas into yorur home or office. I’ve had mine for over 2 years and love it! Get it HERE

     

     

    Blessings for a wonderful Holiday Season,

    Kathy

    October 20, 2015 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Mind Managing • Views: 625

  • De-STRESSing the Holidays

    Since moving to the Northwest, I find that I really enjoy all the seasons even more than before. Each one brings something special. But more and more over the years it seems that Fall never lasts as long as the other seasons. Maybe it’s because of all the marketing for the holidays happens earlier and earlier each year. When I was young, it was taboo to have anything even in the stores for Christmas before Thanksgiving!

    Halloween-decorationThe Holidays can be stressful, that period of Halloween through New Year Day. Our ‘To-Do’ list can sometimes seem overwhelming. When I start feeling the panic of it all, I have learned to take several deep breathes and then begin to revisit my priorities. It always amazes me at how off track I can get due to pressures of society and well intended family and friends. Here are some things I have done to simplify so I can really enjoy this special time of the year. 

    The Basics:

    • Keep expectations for the season manageable.
    • Organize your time and make a list and prioritize the activities that really matter.praying hands
    • Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
    • And remember to schedule some down time to relax and take care of yourself.

    O.K., I know what you’re thinking. That last bullet point might sound counterproductive during what’s supposed to be a season of loving your fellow man. But believe me it is REALLY important! 

    Regularly giving yourself time to regroup, without distractions, gives you both energy and calm. That means you will be more fun to be around AND you will be able to focus better, therefore accomplishing more in less time

    • exerciseGet your sleep, exercise, water & eat healthy. Having a small snack between meals can help to keep your stamina and mood up, so aim to eat something 4-5 times a day
    • Before answering an invitation or building a gingerbread house, Check in with your body first, every time pause to notice how you feel. Are you excited or tense, relaxed or head-achy, calm or vaguely nauseated. If you’re not good to go, don’t do it. And don’t worry about what others will think.
    • Say “yes” to the bigger gatherings. Attending events where you’ll see lots of faces in a short period really helps me feel less obligated to attend lots of smaller events over successive evenings. Big parties can be exhausting, but then you’re done.  

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    • Take a mid-party break. Step outside. Look up at the stars. Or Find a quiet corner where you can listen to music alone for a few minutes or do some deep breathing, even if it’s just in the bathroom.

    De-stress the gift giving

    I don’t know about you, but I find gift shopping very stressful. All the tips below are ones I have done ( still do many) and they have all been received well.

    • Give the gift of experience. Tickets to a sporting event or arts performance, a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant, membership to a zoo or museum. Bonus: One-stop shopping. You can give the same gift to many recipients.
    • gift certificateGive the gift of your presence. Make coupons for activities you can share with an older or younger relative: shopping or fishing outings, regular ice cream parlor visits, time to read together or play cards together. Young parents might like babysitting favors. Older adults might welcome drives in the country.
    • Give uniformly. Find a single gift that works for all the adult relatives or business associates on your list (a food or ornament souvenir from a favorite destination or your hometown) and another for all the kids (iTunes gift cards are a safe bet).
    • Give a handmade holiday.  Try burning CDs, a photo calendar or mug, making spaghetti sauce, baking, crafting, drawing, and so on. It’s amazing how creative even non-“handy” people can get.

    De-stress the Decorating

    All those lights, all that razzle-dazzle — it takes effort, not to mention energy and resources. Downshifting to a more ecologically friendly holiday is a simple way to get a simpler look.

    • Put up just a few lights or better, Skip the lights in front of the house (and maybe even the tree). Fewer watts to burn, fewer strings for you to get tangled in.
    • Decorate with natural elementsFill bowls with pinecones or clove studded oranges. Bring red berry &/ or pine branches indoors (or snip boughs from the christmas-tree-branches-lg bottom of the tree). Bonus: No hauling boxes of decorations down from the attic. When the season ends, you can just pitch everything on the compost pile.
    • Wrap gifts in paper you already have on hand. Ordinary newsprint or paper grocery bags look festive tied with string in red or silver. No newsprint in this digital age? Try recycling some of those holiday catalog pages for smaller gifts.

     

    De-stress Traditions

    At the root of a lot of holiday stress is feeling the need to do certain things, in a certain way, in the name of tradition. Maybe you want to please aging parents or carry on in their memory. Or maybe your focus is on creating the same traditions, so your kids will know them, too. Either way, the effort often creates more stress (for you) than bliss.

    • Don’t assume, ask. Find out which parts of the holiday truly mean the most to your loved ones. You might be surprised by what others really like. Caroling? A special feast? Baking together? Driving around to look at the lights andMother and daughter baking cookiesdecorations? Keep one or two of those traditions — period — and do them up.
    • Shift your focus. Decide to make happy memories, rather than continue traditions for tradition’s sake. The more relaxed an event, the more likely everyone will want to keep it up, making future holidays easier, too.

    Shifting the focus away from so-called ‘obligations’ to what really matters to those you love and care about will make for a happier next couple of months filled with precious memories.

    Get Meal Shortcut Tips HERE

    To help with De-Stressing the Holidays with Essential Oils click HERE

     

    Share your favorite traditions below,

    Kathy

    October 13, 2015 • Healthy Hints, Mind Managing • Views: 895