December is now in full swing as are all the activities related to the holiday season. From shopping, to parties, to those getaways to escape the cold, Canadians are moving and mingling. Sadly, this time also marks an upwards shift in the number of respiratory infections.
I get a lot of emails during this time from people wanting tips and tools to help them get through the holidays without letting their eating disorders overwhelm them. But this article isn't for them. This article is for the people who love them and who will be spending meal times with them during these holy days and need to know what they can do to help.
Because there is so much shame associated with not having positive holiday times, most people don't talk openly about how difficult this time of year can be for them. This can lead to intense feelings of loneliness and disappointment. And when any form of addiction is thrown into the mix, this season of the year can be anything but jolly.
That image of the family sitting at Christmas dinner, everyone smiling at each other and the ideal turkey perfectly placed on the platter, can quickly become a great disappointment if we make perfection our goal. If you want to get more out of the holidays you can follow a few simple guidelines that will assist you in staying grounded and present during the season.
I'll tell you how to throw a tandoori party, with a handful of spices, meats and skewers sure to add colour, dazzle and spice to the meal. And before you have a panic attack at the thought of using complicated spices, I'm going to assure you that it's really easy.
With the holiday season fast approaching, sticking to your health and nutrition goals can feel next to impossible! But believe it or not, you can survive this social season without the burden of those extra pounds come January 1. Here are some tips to help you tackle the common culprits and still enjoy your favorite holiday treats!
If you're anything like I was as a student, you don't have a lot of cash available for extravagant holiday gifts and entertaining. And, while it's the time of year to show your friends and family that you really care, there are many ways that you can do it -- without blowing your budget. As I reflected on my student years, I recalled some of the things that my friends and I would do to prepare for the holidays on a budget.
While for many the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, for others, they are dreading the oncoming festivities because they may mark the 1st, 5th or 50th season without a loved one. No matter what denomination they are or what holiday they celebrate, there is one common factor that binds all of them together: someone they loved is gone.
Have you ever wondered what items professional fashion consultants use? Clients often ask me to share my secrets. I am ready to share my list of favourite things and with the holiday season fast approaching they might even spark some gift ideas.
The holiday season is fast approaching, and if you are like me, it's hard to find the right gift for the right people. Growing up Jewish I never felt the excitement of waking up on Christmas day to heeps of colourful presents sitting under a big green tree. Instead, while Santa flew past my house, I endured eight days of singing infront of a candle lit Menorah with the family eating kosher food and missing a day or two of school.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer represents how in the past, people with dysfunctions had been exploited for others' gains. This story suggests that if people with dysfunctions don't exploit themselves to others, they are sitting about and being useless and lazy.
The holiday season is a fine opportunity to thank the professionals who serve us daily. Rather than offering gifts, we decided that it makes more sense and it will probably be more appreciated and certainly more useful, to offer them a sum of money instead of token gifts. What amount would you suggest?
This is a cautionary tale of what happens all over Canada during the previous holiday season and throughout the year: People opted to use credit cards to make purchases they could not afford, which ended up costing them more due to interest charges than they had anticipated and left them with bills they reluctantly had to pay.
People will defend to the death their love of the very same thing I despise. I have no doubt that people are already lining up to praise heaps of sugary love on that "Shoes" tune, since nothing says Christmas like the emptiness that comes when the parent succumbs to death. Still, I stand by my disliking of each of these songs as much as I stand by my love for "A Holly, Jolly Christmas".
It's December, so stop slacking and start thinking about holiday gifts! Have you got someone on your list who is trying to get healthier this year? I've got you covered with my list of food and nutrition gifts so you can get your shopping done quickly and make everyone happy on Christmas morning.
Our gardens and favourite plants are out of sight, but with the holidays just around the corner, we wanted to share some gift ideas for the gardener in your life.