Truly Healthy Holiday Tips for Mind, Body, and Soul

Dave_TrainerThe holiday season is often regarded as a joyful time of year. At the same time, it comes with many physical, mental, and spiritual demands.  Because of the various demands, the immune system can be compromised, which increases the likelihood of catching a cold or virus.  So, to ease the weight of the holidays and support a healthy holiday season, I thought I’d share a few tips for your mind, body, and soul.

For your Mind…

1. Battle headaches from hangovers with plenty of water to avoid dehydration and coffee to overcome fatigue.  Aspirin or ibuprofen help too.

2. Focus on the positives during all gatherings with family, friends, relatives, etc.  While we all have disagreements from time to time, focusing on the positives and holding your tongue about certain matters prevents a small disagreement from becoming a larger dispute.  It’s better to be kind than ‘right’ and holiday gatherings are ideal situations to practice kindness!

For your Body…

1. Be wise with the body.  Research shows that the extra pounds people gain during the season are not lost during the remainder of the year.

2. From a nutritional perspective, there are many foods you can use to boost your immune system to prevent colds and influenza.  All of these nutrition strategies are provided on pages 59-60 of the Real Food Therapy Guide.  (If you have not ordered a soft cover version, you can get the e-book version free with easy e-mail sign-up to our free “on Inspired Living” newsletter.)


3.  Walk the Malls.  One of our clients shares the fun he has walking the malls with a group friends for week.  The social camaraderie provides an additional benefit to the brisk walking, which can burn between 150-300 calories an hour.

For your Soul…

1. Be merry with your mate.  According to Syracuse University researchers, couples who participate in holiday rituals together, such as decorating their home or lighting candles, can strengthen their marriages.

2. Remember that money doesn’t buy happiness.  Research in wealthy and poor populations has shown that as long as basic needs are met, additional wealth and material objects have little effect on well-being.  In fact, people who are more focused on material goods exhibit reduced life satisfaction and higher levels of depression.

3.  Share a memorable toast.  Honoring some one no longer present stimulates affection for people you miss, which often transforms moments of sadness into an uplifting experience.

About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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