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Eating Right and Being Thankful – guest blogger Annette Presseau, Reliv

Sorry for the delay in posting this – hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving


How Thankful are you?

More often than not we only look at what’s ahead but what about what we have now?  Are we satisfied with what we have now?  Do we want more and how much more does a person need to be happy?  Does it really matter what the other person has or does it matter more what makes us happy?  I have often heard it said that if you have your health you have everything to be thankful for so what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?  These are questions to ponder this Thanksgiving and to think about what really matters to you.  Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and giving thanks for what you have.  So this Thanksgiving consider thinking about what there is in your life to be thankful for and feel good about what you have.

Eating right through the holidays.  As most of us know healthy eating goes out the window during the holiday season and according to Weight Watchers most people gain 7-10 pounds during this time.  It’s easy to understand how people fall into the bad habit of eating too much during the holidays because people offer to you a glass of wine or their favorite desert and we don’t want to be rude and it is the holidays so we take it and figure we can work it off in January.  There are huge Turkey dinners, parties and all sorts of festivities during the holiday season which makes maintaining control with overeating a huge challenge.  Most people do good at healthy eating during the year but as soon as Thanksgiving comes around we weaken from the temptation that is in front of us and we tell ourselves why not indulge it’s only one day and it can be a treat besides we can eat less tomorrow and before we know it we are eating too much so what do we do?  Well, for one thing take smaller portions of what you like you can even leave some on your plate, exercise more or you can also cut back on your food intake the next day.   One thing to note you can never diet during the holidays you will drive yourself crazy doing this so take it from me I tried it one year and I couldn’t do it so eat less and enjoy your holidays!

Alone during the holidays.  You probably know someone who is alone this time of year whether it is someone who has lost someone special and has no family around or even an elderly person who is alone so this would be a good time to invite them to your home for holidays or even visit a nursing home.  One more person probably would not make a difference for the holidays but it would make a real difference to that person who would otherwise be alone.  For many people this is a very sad time of year especially if there was a death in the family so consider opening up your home to someone you know is alone you would be doing something wonderful that that person will never forget.  You could also bring a meal to that person who is alone for the holidays there are also many ways to help people less fortunate during this time consider donating to the homeless shelters whether a monetary gift or your time.  Sometimes just getting out with other people will make your see the world around you and how thankful you are for what you have.  So this Thanksgiving consider sharing some of what you have with someone else.

Holiday Pressure.  Don’t get your blood pressure up this holiday season!  If you get stressed take a deep breath and tell yourself that it won’t matter after the season is over so why stress over it.  If you can’t find the gift that you want then find something else or give a gift card or even better yet order from the Internet then it will be delivered at your door.  If there is no place to park at the mall then park further away and walk off the holiday food that you have been eating and please don’t cut someone off in the parking lot let them take the spot after all isn’t it the holidays where good cheer is supposed to be everywhere?!   And above all smile even just smile to someone passing you will be surprised at the smile you get back and who can be stressed when you smile it’s impossible!  So smile and make someone’s day.  Consider wishing people “Happy Holidays” as you pass them you might find yourself in the holiday spirit!

Planning a trip for the Holidays.  Traveling around the holidays can be a frustrating time so be prepared and plan ahead and expect traffic delays that way you will not be disappointed when they happen.  How do you survive traveling during the holidays you plan, plan and plan again.  Make a list of what you need to bring with you, get most of it ready ahead of time so that on the day you just have to take whatever is left with you.



Holiday TraditionsDo you or your family have holiday traditions?  You could make holiday decorations for your Christmas tree with your family or grandchildren and make memories for years to come.  Cooking with the family is also a fun tradition to do.  Start a tradition if you don’t have one and make it a yearly event around the holidays.


Sing.  Have you noticed that the radio stations are now starting to play Christmas music?  Even the stores are starting to play Christmas music so why not sing along it has a way of making you feel happy.  It’s impossible to be frustrated when you are singing you can only feel great.


Dress up for the Holidays.  There are a lot of holiday parties this time of year so get dressed up and feel like a movie star!  So many times I see people going to holiday parties and they wear their regular work clothes.  Around the holidays, accessories are key when dressing up for company parties, winter galas and special family gatherings.  You can take the simplest dress and give it a boost by choosing the right shoes, bag and other accessories.  During holiday season, your favorite little black dress becomes the “go-to” piece in your wardrobe and you can dress it up with jewelry, a shiny bag or a dramatic wrap to give your look a little more flavor.  You don’t have to spend a fortune to look stylish and chic.


Take Time for Family.  Everyone these days is extremely busy and we don’t have enough time to do what we would like to do but the holidays are a time to stop for a minute and take the time to be with family.  That’s what the holidays are all about and your family will not be around forever and your children will grow up and you will miss memories with them so plan time to spend this holiday season with family and cherish the memories that you create.


Well that’s all for now I wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime!

Annette Presseau   Reliv Distributor


Thinking Healthy for October – guest blogger Annette Presseau

Sorry for the late posting – but it was well worth the wait as it always is. 

Thinking Healthy for October

Now that I’ve eaten incorrectly this summer with food like ice cream I’m back to thinking about eating healthy again and the autumn coming in makes me want to set a goal at least until Thanksgiving!  Once I tried to diet at Thanksgiving and that didn’t work because it was torture and I just gave in to my food cravings after that my thoughts went to eat less at mealtime or during the holidays and exercise more like do more walking.  Do you ever notice when you eat the wrong foods you feel good for a moment but afterwards you are not satisfied and actually feel draggy?  Sometimes you are still hungry after eating and that should be a clue that you are not eating correctly.  I also find it difficult to eat correctly when I am having a meal alone I don’t like to eat alone to begin with so eating correctly is difficult I just want to eat something easy and move on.

October is Children’s Health Month.  Keeping children healthy can be a daunting task especially if the child doesn’t like to eat the right foods or exercising regularly.   Helping the child eat the right foods could be as simple as disguising the food with what they like so that it tastes better.  Children are more susceptible to environmental risks than adults because their bodies are still developing, which lessens a child’s ability to detoxify harmful substances compared to an adult.  Below are some great tips:

  • When eating, sit at a table to      avoid walking around your home, lessening the amount of crumbs. Clean up      any spills.
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the      sink.
  • If you have a pet, don’t leave      food out overnight.
  • Be conscious of water sources      that become attractive for pests, such as a leaky faucet, spilled liquid,      or sink full of water. A puddle of water could mean a plethora of pests!
  • Clean up and fix up! Clean up      excess clutter to eliminate pest shelter. Repair or replace window screens      with holes and seal up baseboard and other cracks.

The EPA has created a Pesticide Poison Prevention Checklist as a helpful resource; adults are encouraged to review their home room-for-room to search for potential hazards. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, complete the inspection on your hands and knees or in a similar fashion to a child to understand how they see the room and what would be within their reach.  Want more information then check out this blog:

And if your child is a picky eater then check out this website for great tips and ideas:

Stress and elections.  Are you stressed by the current elections and all those ads on TV?  Most of us are inundated with information, negative ads and phone calls from campaign volunteers.  I know I don’t listen to them anymore and I’m tired of hearing all the rhetoric that goes with it so what do we do?  Well, first of all just stop being stressed and start realizing come November 2nd it will all go away for awhile so why get stressed over it and to prevent becoming overly stressed during the political season countdown, try to take a step back and reclaim what is important to you.  Below are some helpful hints to overcome stress:

  1.  Hold on to your convictions and      passions. Vote out of your core values, and you will always feel confident      in how you cast your vote.
  2. Do not follow someone else’s      convictions or political stances. Each of us has a right to our opinion      and to exercise that opinion at the polls. There will always be many      people with whom we disagree, and that is the beauty of our political      system – it allows for diversity and options.
  3. Become informed about the      candidates and their perspectives, and then know when to turn it off. The      closer we get to Election Day, the more jargon, finger-pointing, and      derogatory statements become the norm in political advertisements. It is      good to know when to turn off the TV, radio or the internet.  Or, if you can’t turn them off, then just      learn to laugh at them.
  4. Find some friends who hold      similar values. It is good to have regular interaction with others who      believe as you do during such times as a national election.

Stress all over.   We live in an age of distractions and interruptions fueled by technology and there’s no place to unwind. There’s no place to hide so what do we do?  We get stressed and our blood pressures go up and out of sight!  The next time you get stressed be aware of your breathing, your body and your environment just for a few minutes and remember that life is not fair and you will get through this and things will get better. You could also picture in your mind something that makes you happy like your family or seeing yourself at the ocean or a lake.  Keep in mind that bad things do happen to good people and that you are not alone in your frustrations and remember that there is always someone else who is worse off than you just look around you.  If that doesn’t work try to take a quick break or walk to think things out or if you can exercise go work out at the gym that will definitely take you mind off of stress!

The next time you get stress try the Mindfulness technique which is generally defined as focused, deliberate attention to a task or thought to quiet the mind and eliminate distractions.  Practicing Mindfulness can help restore peace of mind and more evidence is now building that it can also benefit the body’s immune system.  There are fascinating studies that mindfulness can decrease inflammation and that practicing mindfulness may be one step to shift the odds in your favor, in concert with your healthy lifestyle choices.

That brings me to another question how do you define happiness?  Did you know that that the bulk of what determines happiness is due to your personality?  Yes, you can learn to be happy and you may have thought, as many people do, that happiness comes from being born rich or beautiful or living a stress-free life, the reality is that people who have wealth, beauty or less stress are not happier on average than those of you who don’t enjoy those blessings.  People who are happy seem to intuitively know that their happiness is the sum of their life choices, and their lives are built on the following things:

  1. Devoting time to family and      friends
  2. Appreciating what they have
  3. Maintaining an optimistic      outlook
  4. Feeling a sense of purpose
  5. Living in the moment

Surround yourself with happy people. Being around people who are content buoys your own mood and by being happy yourself, you give something back to those around you.

Friends and family help you celebrate life’s successes and support you in difficult times. Although it’s easy to take friends and family for granted, these relationships are worth their weight in gold.

Build up your emotional account with kind words and actions. Be careful and gracious with critique. Let people know that you appreciate what they do for you or even just that you’re glad they’re part of your life. Also, be mindful of what you say to a person and try not to be negative but positive when you critique someone.

Start thinking about what works for you.  Maybe all you have to do is stop and start thinking about what makes you happy it could be something as simple as having a piece of apple pie or talking to a friend that you haven’t talk to in awhile or even just going outside with the kids and playing with them whatever will put a smile on your face and change your mind.


Well that’s all for now I’m going to call my best friend that I haven’t talked to in awhile and see how she is doing so my wish to you is start living in the moment and stop and have some fun!



Annette Presseau    Reliv distributor



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