December 2018FHCP December 2018 NewsletterFL BLUE December 2018 - Better Your Pursuit Newsletter
Reduce Your Holiday Stress The holidays can bring joy, but they can also bring stress.Whether you are worried about money, gift-giving or finding time to get everything done, using the following coping mechanisms can help you manage and reduce your holiday stress.
- Get Organized - Writing down the things you need to do or places you need to be can help you visualize your time and make it much more manageable.
- Know when to say “No” - If attending an event isn’t that important to you and will interfere with other errands or activities, just say “no” politely.
- Create and stick to a budget - Money is one of the biggest holiday stressors for people. Set a realistic budget this season and don’t go over it.
- Ask for help - You don’t have to decorate, wrap presents or cook by yourself. Ask friends and family members to help you with these tasks.
Don’t get all twisted and tied up during the holiday season. Often, we get so wrapped up in expectations and traditions that the holidays aren’t “fun”. Take time to laugh! Laughter stimulates many organs. Not only does it enhance your intake of oxygen, it stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that relieve stress. Get more info here about stress relief!
Welcome 2019! NEW YEAR’s Resolutions are back and we are here to help!
Contact the Employee Benefits Dept. to let them know if you are interested in joining Weight Watchers!
Tip the Scale in Your Favor
With so many social gatherings during this time, it can be difficult to avoid treating yourself when you’re offered good food and drinks. Whether you’re dieting or just trying to maintain your healthy lifestyle, fear not—you can survive the holidays and wake up on Jan. 1 without feeling remorse or guilt. Consider these tips: Eat before attending a party so you don’t arrive on an empty stomach and end up over consuming.
- Eat slowly. Be mindful of every chew. Remember, it takes your body 20 minutes to realize when it is full.
- Don’t feel pressure to eat leftovers. If you have an abundance of leftovers after hosting a party, don’t feel like you have to eat them just because you don’t want them to go to waste.
- Practice self control. For example, allow yourself one plate of food at a party, and promise yourself that you won’t go back for seconds.
- Be responsible when alcohol. Always remember to get a designated driver and never drive under the influence.
Experience something new!
Roasted Carrots and Fennel
- 2½ lb med. Carrots, peeled and cut lengthwise
- 1 lg fennel bulb cut in ½” wedges
- 1 red onion cut in ½ wedges
- 1 med lemon thinly sliced ¼ c olive oil
- 2 tsp. ground coriander
- Thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
- Salt and Pepper
Step 1 - Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine carrots, fennel, onion & lemon. Mix oil, coriander, salt and pepper; drizzle over carrot mixture and toss to coat.
Step 2 - Transfer to two 15”x10”x1” foil-lined baking pans.
Step 3 - Roast 40-50 minutes or until veggies are tender. Stir occasionally.
Step 4 - Sprinkle with basil and serve!