Black Friday is Coming, Is Your Body Prepared?

 

Ahhh, Black Friday is just days away.  It is becoming known as the day that kicks of holiday shopping.  Having just stuffed ourselves the day before to the point that we couldn’t breath (but yet we managed to eat 3 more desserts), now we wake up before the crack of dawn to begin the joyous task of fighting fellow brethren for the deals that we still won’t be able to pay for a year later and our loved ones won’t appreciate anyway.

 

Is it a wonder that it is also the beginning of the highest rate of death from heart-attacks, strokes, and various trips to the emergency room?  The term “Black Friday,” is actually coined after the death from a heart-attack.  Unfortunately, the holiday season is also the heart-attack season. The rate of heart attacks increases in November, peaks in December, and starts to taper in mid January. 

 

What to do?  Give up all of the joyous feasts and festivities? Of course not, life is to be lived and enjoyed. However, keeping your body prepared to handle the over-indulges of the season is the key (and for some, it will be a life saving step).

 

  1. Don’t wait until after the holidays to control your weight- be mindful of what you eat on a daily basis. Cut your overall calorie count (no, not just carbs) by eating smaller meals through out the day, so you’ll be able to “splurge on specific days.  If you need help, contact me.  I’ll set up a plan that works for you.

 

  1. Keep yourself hydrated with WATER (not soda, juices or beer).   Most Americans suffer from dehydration to begin with.  Staying hydrated has a nice side-effect of speeding up the metabolism and is a wonderful detoxifier.  At the recent Unleash The Power Within seminar, Anthony Robbins (my hero) promoted the benefits of distilled water, as it attracts impurities and flushes them away.  However, I still drink  bottled spring water from water dispenser.  Try to drink ½ of your body weight in ounces (i.e. if you’re 200lbs, try to drink 100 ounces of water, that’s only 6 bottles).  Make the first thing you ingest in the morning water.  Have a glass of ice water in the bathroom for when you get out of the shower, get dressed, etc. 

 

 

  1. Get the rest that you need, whenever you can.  Being over-tired is not only bad for your appearance, but also slows down your metabolism and increases your risk for illness. During these busy and stressful times, it may be hard to sleep soundly. Try catching a quick 15 min. powernap.  break time, lunchtime, after work, or before an event are opportune times to recharge.  Think you can’t do it? Buy yourself a hypnosis tape and pop it in your car, or download it to your Ipod, Palm, or telephone.  You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll drift off, wake up, and feel refreshed. Though there are lots of sites advertising hypnosis cd’s, dvd’s, etc., I download them (and all of my audio books) from Audible.com.

 

Implement these strategies, and you’ll get through the holiday season happy, healthier, and maybe even slimmer for the New Year!

 

Until next time,  Athena

 

References:

 

http://thecitydesk.net/2006/11/21/why-its-called-black-friday/

http://www.securityworld.com/ia-157-seasonal-heart-attack-risk.aspx

http://www.energiseforlife.com/tony_robbins_living_water_live_food.php

http://www.hypnosisdownloads.com/cd/hypnosis-dvd-trailerBB.shtml

http://www.audible.com/

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