It’s the time for holiday parties and gatherings and with them come lots of food, drinks and… more food. Goals regarding your weight whether it is to lose weight, avoid weight gain, or just healthy eating seem more difficult when the holidays and their abundance of delicious foods, treats and goodies come around. How can one stick to their goals with so much temptation around? Let’s break it down to before, during and after.
Before your holiday party make sure to have your regular meals that day at home. Don’t try to save your calories for an evening event, you can end up eating more calories overall when you show up to a party hungry. Along with eating your regular meals, make sure you are stay hydrated! Dehydration can lead to over eating as well so don’t forget your water and make it your beverage of choice to avoid extra, and many times empty, calories from beverages.
The Christmas season is upon us! As the holiday approaches, we begin to plan what gifts we would like to purchase for friends and family; thoughtful mementos that express our love and gratitude. Think back a few years… do you remember two of the gifts you received? Now think again, is it easier to recall a memory of an experience you had? As a military spouse, I have moved 12 times since being married and each time it is inevitable that we discuss how much “stuff” we have accumulated and the need to lighten the load. Can you relate?
Stunning Christmas Wreaths
I never considered myself a craft or art person. I am in awe of folks who can look at a pile of photos and paper and voila scrapbook it into art. Or people who see tubes of paint or rolls of yarn and visualize a vivid painting or a classic quilt. I have friends who can look inside a cupboard or fridge and create a four-course meal. I see the same things and create pizza delivery!
Helpful Hints for Happier Holidays
Have you ever had a stressful holiday, or a family gathering that didn’t end well? If so, you are not alone! The social and family parties that dot your calendar from November to January can be wonderful times of conversation, laughter, and warm memories. But they can also be tense and uncomfortable.
Schedules and diets are different. Vacationing kids get bored easily. Time to exercise can be sparse. When all this comes together, tempers flare and relationships become strained. Add in the fact that family visits often expose old, unresolved pain, and you have a recipe for stress.
“Families are like fudge – mostly sweet, with a few nuts” – Les Dawson
Hello, I'm Tamieka, the owner of and photographer behind Tamieka Smith Photography a Los Angeles family photographer and Northern Virginia/National Archives Promotion Ceremony photographer in Torrance, CA. I am happy you came to visit the blog! I hope you find inspiration and helpful tips. In addition, to a peek into my life as a family photographer.