STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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re-evaluate that relationship. Feel free to apply your skills, talents and hobbies to give others a gift or experience. Putting your heart, soul and personality into making a gift or providing a unique service to someone can be powerful and meaningful.

RADICAL HOLIDAYS - HOW CAN YOU AVOID CONSUMERISM THIS YEAR?

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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service; some make or bake gifts; and others only shop for family with a $20 cap. A common motivator is to highlight spending time with loved ones versus spending money. Most people remember who they were with last holiday season rather than what they received from them. Feeling obligated to buy for others is often why gifts can seem hollow, meaningless and quite forgettable – people don’t always know what someone else truly wants or needs, but they feel a societal pressure to wrap up some trinket. Several trade company surveys reveal Americans are mostly displeased with their presents. A 2014 survey found 75 percent of Americans probably won’t like their Christmas gifts. Rather than cherishing these gifts, most plan to get rid of them quickly by reselling or regifting them or donating them to charities.


To try lessening consumerism this Christmas, you could decide to only buy for immediate family members, perhaps with a spending limit. You could have each family member draw the name of one person for whom to buy. Tell others in advance that you won’t be buying gifts. You may be surprised how many others feel trapped in a maze and may react with relief to your announcement. If anyone balks and still wants you to buy something for him or her, you may wish to

On average, people spend roughly half their monthly income – about $830 – on holiday gifts. One in three people use credit cards and add to their personal debt over the holidays. As a country, we spend trillions of dollars during the holiday season.


For many years, there has been a growing, worldwide minimalist movement that extends to Christmas consumerism. Nearly one in 10 U.S. families didn’t exchange holiday gifts in 2014, according to MarketWatch. This equates to roughly 2 million households, about 9 percent of American families. Minimalists have shunned shopping and consequently have saved big bucks. They also say they find the experience liberating.


There are many reasons individuals and families around the world have stopped rampant holiday shopping. Some don’t celebrate the holidays; others have no one to give gifts to. But for many people, the cost has simply become too high. Nearly one in four Americans say the holidays are too expensive, according a 2015 Pew Research Center poll. Still others have taken a stand against consumerism and buying for the sake of buying. That same Pew Research Center poll found one in three Americans dislike the commercialism and materialism of the holidays.


How this plays out varies. Some people offer assistance or a