Merry Christmas!  I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday.  I have used the time to reflect on all that I do have in my amazing life.  I’ve gotten some great gifts and even a couple under the tree this day.  The best gift of all has been the love and support from my family and friends.

It didn’t have to be this way.  I’ve faced some tremendous challenges this year and I chose to see things differently.  Dr. Wayne Dyer, bless his soul, told us that when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.  I’ve chosen to see myself abundantly healthy, happy and blessed.  By looking for all the blessings in every event of my life, I have found some true treasures and insights to see a better world for myself and everyone else.

I’m so happy today my soul is jumping for joy at just being here.  For all of you reading this blog, you have blessed me with your attention and I want to thank you and bless you in return.  Just remember, what you see around you is simply the past choices you made.  If you want it to look different, make different choices.  Be grateful for whatever you’re seeing and look for the blessing in that.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  2017 is our year!  Hears to your Lifetime Health!

Take Something Good!

Holiday potlucks can be lucky for you! Oh, really? Yes, when you take something good.

How many times have you been invited to a potluck celebration only to find the table laden with a lot of fatty foods, processed carbohydrates and alcohol? Yes, that’s how we celebrate here in the US. But really no matter where you are in the world, celebrations can look this way. And you say, well, there goes my dream of making it through the holidays without gaining 10 pounds.

As we talked about last week, just remember portion control is your friend and have a light snack before you go to the party. You can do your part by bringing something good.

Bring food that helps you stay on track with your health plan. And it doesn’t have to be the same ole boring veggie tray with mystery dip. You can bring roasted veggies and luscious fruit salads as well. Even if you’re pressed for time and you resort to the veggie tray, dress it up a bit. Pick a wide variety of fresh veggies of all colors and sizes to make it interesting. Then, instead of the usual dip that goes straight to your thighs, try something different. Start with a base of plain low fat yogurt and add salsa. You can also start with a base of applesauce and add some buttery hemp seeds to jazz it up.

Have fun, bless your family and friends, and take something good! To find out more about what I do to help people obtain optimum health in mind, body and spirit, visit me at janicewoody.com or on facebook at Janice Woody’s Lifetime Health. If you like this video, hit the like button and share it with your friends.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Hears to your Lifetime Health!

Is this what you look like after a holiday party?

It’s Sunday morning after that Saturday night office holiday party.  Are you hung over?  Feeling bloated and uncomfortable?  We’ve all been there.  A few bad choices or maybe too much alcohol and you are not having a good day.

There are more Christmas parties ahead before it’s all over.  What would it be like to breeze through the holidays and not gain 10, 20, or 30 pounds?  You can do this!  Before the next party, have a plan.  Eat a light meal before leaving home.  This can be something simple like a small sandwich with lots of veggies and light on the mayo or just use mustard instead.  Maybe your quick snack will be a nut butter and apple slices or pear slices.  Keep it simple with just 2-3 ounces of protein and a complex carbohydrate.  When you get to the party, you won’t feel that you have to go and wipe out the buffet table because you won’t be starving.

Use all that free time to mingle and talk to people, have fun, or burn up some calories on the dance floor.  After a few rounds on the dance floor, you will probably be hungry again but don’t automatically go for the high fat items.  Look for the veggie tray and eat that first being careful to gently dip your celery stick in the hummus or whatever they have there.  Dips can be mind fields of fat and dangerous food additives.  So go lightly.

If you’re drinking alcohol, put yourself on a budget and decide ahead of time how much you plan to drink.  If it’s two drinks and you’re going to be there for hours, spread them out and do more talking than drinking.

If you follow these simple tips, you will have more energy the next day and possible avoid adding to your HIPS this holiday season.  Here’s to your Lifetime Health!  Follow me on facebook at Janice Woody’s Lifetime Health.