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Plant-strong holiday survival day 4: Stress

Aunt Mildred gave little Tommy 15 bags of candy and 3 mugs of her famous caramel hot chocolate with marshmallow cream topped with sprinkles, Uncle Swanson gave him a bb gun, the cat is missing, Tommy is now throwing up the chocolate, the marshmallow creme is somehow in his hair, the bb gun now is missing, the cat is stuck at the top of the tree.  Ahhhh the holidays.

Let’s face it, sometimes the holidays can be stressful. But there are some great ways to quickly relieve stress that do not involve fried cheesecake.

1. Get moving! Your body WANTS to move when it is stressed, it’s a natural thing for it to do. So do what is natural and move. Get out for a quick jog, a brisk walk, go hide in a bedroom and do 50 squats, 25 push-ups and 25 sit-ups. Whatever it is, make sure you increase your heart rate, and spend at least 15 minutes moving your body.

2. Plant-strong makes you pant-strong… We’ll just leave it at that. ;)

3. DANCE! Put on some fun music, and get the party started! Find some big band music for Aunt Mildred and turn the kitchen into a dance floor!

4. Be a kid. If there are kids around, all of these things will just look normal, if there are not kids around, just blame holiday cocktails. Go sledding, blow bubbles, draw on the drive-way with chalk, color, make a holiday craft, skip!

5. Take a nap. Sometimes you just need a little power nap. Plan it into your day if you need to. We realize that especially those of you with kids might find this impossible, but see if you can get a little help in making this possible.

6. Wake up early for some time for yourself. Even if it is 15 minutes to just take a long shower, try to get some peace and quite before your day starts.

7. Eating/drinking/smoking will only add to stress. Sometimes people make the mistake of believing their bad habits de-stress them, when that is not the case at all. The stress on your body will become the stress in your head, stay away from the vices this year.

8. Watch a movie. Get everyone out of the house and go watch a movie! We highly suggest “The Muppets”. Make Uncle Swanson come along as well. Bring plant-strong snacks!

9. Get a massage. We know that it might seem impossible, but there are even some grocery stores like Whole Foods that offer in store massages now! A 10 minute back massage can do wonders for the rest of your day.

10. Laugh! Find something to laugh about, find reasons to smile, it will melt the stress away!

And of course, join us on facebook to help with your holiday stress!

About the author

NatalaE2
Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.
  • Justin

    I’ve been working out and running as of late and noticed my weight increasing. Although my shirts are fitting better, pants, etc….I’ve been eating vegan for 6 or 7 weeks now. I cut out coffee and just have organic decaf with half a teaspoon of agave. 2 or 3 bananas/apples and usually eat one or two dates before a workout. other than that no sugar. lots of beans, greens, grains, and other veg. any advice or info would be great…..

    • Engine 2

      Sometimes as we increase exercise we also naturally increase our caloric intake. We’d say to write down your food intake for a week – be precise, every thing that you eat/drink to see where you are getting your calories from. Or a more simple solution, try decreasing the amount of food you are consuming just a little bit.
      We also would say to be sure that you are keeping foods like nuts, avocado, tempeh, seitan and tofu as condiments. And of be sure you are not consuming any liquid meals/calories in the form of juices or smoothies.

      • Justin

        Thanks for the help.
        I was also thinking of decreasing the amount of food at each snack or meal. Tempeh, tofu, avocaodo, nuts are kept to a minimum. I have a VEGA whole food meal replacement in the morning for breakfast. I don’t stray away from the new way of eating and we don’t add oils to anything anymore. It’s amazing how much I crave veg and other types of clean foods. I’m trying to convert the family over to the engine 2 – FOK lifestyle . I purchased 4 books and 4 DVD’s along with “Food Inc.” and “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead”. I’m hoping they’ll get the message.

        JR.

  • Debbie

    You are hilarious! Every day I come to the blog I end up having a good belly laugh, that is helping my stress!

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