DUBAI, UAE – October 25, 2016 – Along with the festive season comes many obstacles that can make staying healthy difficult; potentially stressful get-togethers and indulgent cuisine are just a couple of the hurdles along the path to 2017. Canyon Ranch® believes that good health and well-being should continue beyond a getaway at one of their wellness resorts in Tucson, Lenox or Kaplankaya, and have plenty of tips to share on how to get through the holiday season in high spirits and top health.
Arguably the biggest challenge to maintaining good health are the rich, indulgent – and undeniably enjoyable – meals shared with friends and loved ones through the festive season. When planning a holiday party of your own, try a smart holiday food swap (click to find out more) while maintaining a traditional feel. Everyone enjoys the tradition of finding a table laden with classic holiday dishes, served year after year. There’s no reason to stop this happy ritual, however it’s easy to put a healthy spin on it with a few replacements that lower the fat and calorie count while remaining nutritious and tempting.
Tasty alternatives include recipes (click dish names to view full recipe) such as green-bean and edamame stir-fry (instead of green-bean casserole), fruit-filled orange crêpes (instead of Belgian waffles), and pumpkin pappardelle (instead of macaroni and cheese). It’s even easy to turn leftovers from an indulgent turkey feast into a healthy lunch with ideas such as a turkey apple wrap, at a mere 225 calories.
It’s not always simply what’s on the dinner table that can affect your health, but the atmosphere surrounding it as well. Life Management Director at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Jeff Rossman, Ph.D., suggests there are easy ways to maintain lifted spirits throughout the holiday season. Simple steps such as exercising through regular movement and aerobic activity; a healthy sleep of seven to nine hours each night; 15 to 20 minutes of sun exposure each day; slow, controlled, rhythmic breathing practices to help calm; and engaging in mindfulness and gratitude all offer benefits that help reduce stress or emotional slumps.
As families and friends convene at meals and celebrations during the festive season, emotions can run the gamut from ebullient to edgy, and Dr. Rossman encourages effective conflict resolution methods to relieve tension and stress to the body and mind. “A lot of people are afraid to argue with someone they care about because they think it’s going to destroy a relationship,” says Dr. Rossman. “But if you look at it as an opportunity to work through something difficult and be honest with one another, it really is a way to strengthen your connection.”
To encourage a constructive argument, try strategies such as putting blame aside, actively listening, remaining composed, carefully choosing words – and sometimes simply letting the conflict go.
These simple and achievable tips will go a long way towards enhancing and creating a time full of wonderful memories, but there is still nothing quite like being immersed in an atmosphere of total well-being at one of the Canyon Ranch® destinations. Take advantage of one of these offers to make this festive season one that enhances your lifestyle well beyond the holidays. Book your stay now at www.canyonranchdestinations.com or call 001 800 742 9000.
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