Welcome everyone to December, the 12th and final month of the year 2018. This month is mostly recognized and represents celebrating in the spirit of Christmas and the conclusion of the calendar year.
Among all the gains and triumphs or loss and tragedies that may occur and have been occurring throughout the ages, it seems for me that there has been a constant source that has encouraged me to keep moving forward with life.
Especially at Christmastime for me and many, it is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God, who came to Earth to help people to live and understand the good and evil, the tribulations and sacrifices that life may hold.
To this day in time, I have witnessed the diminishing of faith and also great acts of faith. When I lose sight of my faith, my patience becomes a shorter distance to keep focus on what is most important to me in life, which is the power of faith in itself.
I believe that the light is in each and every one of us. During this month of December and Christmastime, I pray and give thanks to those who have shared their light with me and have helped to see the light and try to keep us all bright. And a special thank you to Jesus Christ and God. Happy birthday to all my friends, family and Savior!
A cup of relaxation or oomph
During the eventful chilly holiday season, you may need a hot pick me up or a hot slow me down refreshment. Here are a couple of suggestions you may want to wind up with or wind down with:
For relaxation and some peace, you may want to try Chamomile tea, which contains glycine, an amino acid that helps to relax the muscles and nerves. For added flavor and benefits, add honey, lemon, lavender, ginger, cinnamon or cloves.
For energy and warmth, you may want to try this hot chocolate alternative. • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk (use milk of your choice)
• 1 Tbsp. of cacao powder
• 1 Tbsp. of maple syrup or honey
• 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
• A pinch of sea salt
Use the stovetop with a saucepan and whisk in one ingredient at a time on low heat. I like to use unsweetened coconut milk, but other milks or nut milks, such as almond or cashew, add great flavor too. Other suggestions for ingredients may include 1 tsp. maca powder or coconut oil, a pinch of cinnamon, turmeric or black pepper. You may need more milk with added seasonings.
Burning calories in the spirit of the season
For all those extra holiday calories that may be consuming your body or spirit, you may want to get outside and exercise with nature. These movements are calculated based on per hour and a 150-lb. person:
Walking in the snow: (moderately with little snow): 254 calories Snow shoveling: (moderate to heavy): 404 calories Downhill skiing: (moderately): 550 calories Snowshoeing: 550 calories Building a snowman: 285 calories Snowball fight: 319 calories Creating snow angels: 214 calories Snowboarding (based on a 110 – 200 lb. person and level of intensity): 250 – 630 calories
Julie is a Healthy for Life advocate.