BUDGETING FOR A JOYFUL AND STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY SEASON
- Set Clear Financial Goals: Create a detailed budget that covers all of your anticipated holiday expenses. Allocate specific amounts for each category within your budget.
- Prioritize Your Spending: Focus on essentials. Determine a reasonable budget for gifts. Set a separate budget for entertaining and decorating.
- Start Saving Early: Consider opening a dedicated savings account for your holiday budget. Set up automatic transfers from your main account to your holiday savings fund.
- Track Your Spending: Document your spending as you go.
- Hunt for Deals and Discounts: Take advantage of holiday sales, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and special promotions to save on gift purchases.
- Consider Alternative Celebrations: If you're hosting Thanksgiving, suggest a potluck approach. Explore the option of homemade gifts or non-material gifts like experiences, services or heartfelt gestures.
- Avoid Credit Card Debt: Whenever possible, use cash or funds from your dedicated savings account for expenses.
- Review and Adjust: As the holiday season progresses, periodically revisit your budget.
- Plan for After the Holidays: Set a plan for how you'll manage your finances after the holiday season.
THE IMPACT ON GRATITUDE
Gratitude is more than a mere emotion; it's a practice that can profoundly impact our lives. Here are a few ways in which gratitude can make a difference:
- Enhanced Well-Being: Studies have shown that regularly practicing gratitude can lead to increased happiness, improved mental health and a more positive outlook on life.
- Strengthened Relationships: Expressing gratitude fosters stronger connections with other. When we acknowledge and appreciate the kindness and support of loved ones, it deepens our relationships.
- Reduced Stress: Gratitude can serve as a powerful stress reducer. By focusing on what we're thankful for, we shift our attention away from worries and anxieties.
- Improved Physical Health: Grateful individuals often experience better physical health. they tend to engage in healthier behaviors and experience lower blood pressure and improved sleep.
- Resilience and Optimism: Gratitude helps us develop resilience and optimism. When we can find reasons to be thankful even in challenging times, we build the strength to overcome adversity.
TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
- Prioritize Self-Care: Allocate time for self-care activities, such as meditation, yoga or simply taking a few minutes each day to relax and unwind to help manage stress.
- Plan and Schedule Workouts: Make physical activity a part of your daily routine. Schedule regular workouts or physical activities that you enjoy, whether it's going for a walk, dancing or hitting the gym
- Mindful Eating: Pay attention to what you eat. Savor your meals and be mindful of portion sizes. Eating slowly and enjoying your food can help prevent overindulging.
- Hydration is Key: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
- Set Realistic Goals: While it's important to maintain a balanced diet, don't aim for perfection during the holiday season. Allow yourself occasional indulgences, but balance them with healthy choices.
- Bring a Healthy Dish: If you're attending holiday gatherings, consider bringing a nutritious dish to share. This ensures there's at least one healthy option available.
- Eat Before Parties: If you're going to a holiday party, have a light, healthy snack before you go. This can help curb your appetite and prevent overeating.
- Limit Alcohol Intake: If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation and be mindful of your consumption.
- Stay Organized: Use a planner or digital calendar to manage your schedule.
- Manage Stress: Consider stress management techniques like deep breathing, mindfulness, or progressive muscle relaxation.
- Set Boundaries: Don't over-commit to social or work events to avoid spreading yourself too thin.
- Get Adequate Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night.
- Choose Healthier Options: When faced with a buffet of holiday foods, opt for lean proteins, vegetables and whole grains.
- Enjoy in Moderation: Treat yourself to your favorite holiday indulgences but in moderation.
- Seek Support: Share your health and fitness goals with a friend or family member who can offer support and encouragement.
- Stay Positive: Keep a positive mindset. Don't be too hard on yourself if you occasionally veer off your health goals. Remember that it's all about balance.
- Reflect and Recharge: Take time to reflect on the past year, your achievements and your goals for the future. Use the holiday season as an opportunity to recharge and refocus on your well-being.
- 2 boneless, skinless turkey breasts
- Kosher Salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1 c. panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 c. thyme leaves
- 3 tbsp sage
- 2 c. parsley leaves
- 6 clove garlic
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/4 c. vegetable oil
- Butterfly breasts crosswise, being sure not to cut all the way through. Place a piece of plastic wrap over one open breast and pound to a rectangle about 12"x14" (1/4" thick). Season with salt and pepper. Repeat with remaining breast. You want your turkey to be uniform in thickness, this will make it easier to roll.
- Melt butter in a large skillet, add panko and toast until golden brown. Transfer to a food processor, then add thyme, sage, parsley and garlic and process until finely chopped. Season with red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
- Pat the turkey breast dry, sprinkle half of the garlic-herb mixture evenly over the breast and begin to roll up tightly like a jelly roll. Secure the roll with kitchen twine. Repeat with second breast.
- Rub the roulades all over with vegetable oil and transfer to parchment lined baking sheets.
- Bake at 375 degrees until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the roulade reads 160 degrees, about 1 hour. Let cool 20 minutes before slicing.
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