Make Time for You

Lonely SeckelI have an influx of stressed calls and emails this time of year, mostly from clients and students trying to manage health and holiday stress at the same time. I know how frustrating this time of year is, I struggle with the same problem! Don’t fret, there are simple solutions to help you have a healthy holiday season.

First, make a schedule and stick to it. I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it, if you schedule time for exercise, food preparation, and sleep and you follow the schedule, you’re better equipped to take care of yourself and manage stress. Second, eat before events and move away from the treat table! At my friends’ parties, we always stand around the food, chatting and snacking. This is such a hard habit to break, but if you eat ahead of time and pull your friends away from the table you’re less likely to overeat. Third, make time to decompress. Whether you enjoy stretching, reading, games or simply sitting quietly, allow yourself at least 10 minutes every day for quiet time and positive thoughts. Finally, and most importantly, be kind to yourself! Nobody is perfect and there is always tomorrow. Remember that the holidays are about celebrating family and friends, so allow yourself to splurge a little, then get back on track the next day. Happy Holidays!

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Pears

Top ‘o the mornin’ to ye!

My Irish grandma would be proud if she saw me today—I’m wearing a green scarf and my lucky four-leaf clover bracelet, AND of course, I have green pears on the menu. Anjou pears are a fun and easy way to celebrate the day, Irish recipes or not.

Lately, I’ve been loving simple sautéed pears. I just melt some coconut oil in a pan, lay thin slices of Anjou pear in the pan, and then flip them until they become translucent and start to brown. Before I remove them, I sprinkle them with cinnamon, and voila! I have a simple, delicious dessert. Or breakfast. Or midday snack.

Other festive (green) recipes:

  • Feed the kids Pears in a Pod. They’ll be distracted, so you can hide leprechaun treats around the house while they snack.
  • Start—or end—your day with a vivid green Kale and Pear Smoothie. I like this rendition from Joy the Baker.
  • Tradition! With the inclusion of dried pears, this soda bread recipe from Epicurious is sweeter than a pot of gold.

However you celebrate, I’m wishing you the luck o’ the Irish today.

Sláinte!