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Just a couple of things I read this morning and want to share with everyone:

1. Holly is committed to raising $1,000 to help build a Cambodian well by Christmas. If you have a chance, stop by her wonderful blog and support her in this incredible cause. What better time of year to give to those in need than the season that celebrates so much indulgence?

2. Have you visited Katie’s blog lately? Please keep up all your good work by clicking around her site as much as possible to raise money for charity! (And while you’re at it, give the girl some love!)

3. Check out Angela’s Whittle My Middle Challenge. Even if you didn’t the start the challenge the same day she did, you can pick a day (like today!) and get started trimming your core down to the lean mean machine you know it can be with the great moves she’s provided.

4. Did you see this article in The New York Times about the cost and prevalence of CAM (complimentary and alternative medicine)? What are your thoughts on insurance recognizing and subsidizing alternative therapies and medicines?

5. I got an email from Weight Watchers this morning about “Holiday Survival” and, while I’m not a huge supporter of counting points, calories, pounds or anything else regarding weight, I think these tips can be very useful:

1. Let comments roll off your back
If you’re tired or stressed, you’re more likely to feel insulted by even innocent comments about the food, your hair, what’s on your plate or anything else. If someone says something that makes you flinch, “don’t take the bait; try to change the subject quickly,” says Gengler.

2. Don’t make food the focus
“Let the meal bring you together, but don’t dwell on it the whole time,” suggests Gengler. If the banter at the table shifts from praise for the delicious food to the stuffing’s caloric count or who’s eating the most mashed potatoes, gently change the subject. “Initiate conversations about your guests’ lives and interests to take their mind off the food,” she says.

3. Stick to a schedule
Maintaining your normal routine of meals, snacks and sleep will help keep you (and your kids) on an even keel. And tempting though it may be, don’t starve yourself before the holiday meal; you’ll probably feel shaky and on edge and you’re more likely to overeat. Have a healthy breakfast, like scrambled egg whites with low-fat cheese on whole-wheat toast, to tide you over.

4. Don’t try to do it all yourself
If you’re hosting the meal, take your guests up on their offers of food and drink to save yourself some time. “Make them feel they’re making a special contribution by asking them what they’d like to bring, if they offer to help,” suggests Gengler. “If they don’t have ideas, you can suggest healthy options like fresh fruit, sparkling cider or a tossed salad with a light dressing.”

5. Carve out some “me” time
Yes, you’ve heard it a million times before. But let’s be honest — who actually takes that relaxing bath or goes for a massage? Especially around the holidays when every second is spent cooking, shopping or telling a second cousin where the spare bath towels are. The trick is to sneak in a few moments of peace and quiet (or better yet, some exercise) whenever you can. Even if that means taking long bathroom break just to finish that book you’ve been reading. Or making up an excuse to run an errand so you can speed-walk an extra lap around the mall.

Do you have holiday survival tactics? Or do you not even think twice about it?

Okay, that’s enough random info for today. Hope you had a great Monday!

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8 Responses

  1. My holiday survival tactic is to stay away from any and all appetizers. If I don’t, I’ll usually end up full before the meal and unable to enjoy the main event. If I’m dying to try something I will – but then I’ll pop some gum and drink a lot of water til dinnertime!

  2. That’s a great suggestion, Abby. I, too, am prone to appetizer grazing and then I have a plate of dinner food b/c that’s expected and I’m always overfilled!

  3. thank you SO MUCH for the linkback! it means so much to me to have so much support – you are so generous :)

  4. Those are definitely some great tips!

  5. boy oh boy is #1 important. lately i have been feeling the insecurities of others hard CORE. im used to little snippy remarks here and there about being vegan, but holy crap, it can be hard when a coworker (who doesnt know about my blog) comments on how its not right to survive on lettuce and coffee.
    ummm, yeah, duh it’s not. and if you knew anything about me youd know i agree with you whole heartedly. ok, ok, sorry about that random venting. i like the tips and they make me realize that im lucky to have a open minded family (its just the coworkers that need work).

    anyways, i LOVE all the positive influence food bloggers are having in the world. thanks for the cliffs notes of it all. awesome.

  6. Seems like we’ve both had this on our minds! Great tips.

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