Hurry Up and Slow Down!


It is suddenly winter here in Southern Vermont! But only a little. It snowed. It stuck. It’s official. (So what if it was gone the next day?) 😉

The day before the forecast I realized that I needed to finish up some projects that I have been procrastinating on since the lazy, hazy summer was still lingering. Most glaringly: lawn debris! Walking back from the mailbox, and with the forecast looming in my mind, I said to myself “OK! Real talk time: this stuff could be buried under a foot (I exaggerate in my mind… Don’t we all?) of snow and ice tomorrow! I need to kick it into high gear! It’s time to ride that autumn wave of productivity and clean up my yard, and house before winter is fully here and all I want to do is curl up in my house/cave!!!”

It is time to pull out that dusty to-do list, and scratch off a few stragglers so that the holidays and the winter months may pass peacefully. Aren’t you getting the urge to snuggle up on the couch with a good book and a cup of cocoa just about every day now?! Before you hunker down for good, get some final housekeeping (literal and figurative) done, and you’ll lift a weight off of your shoulders.

get ready to relax!

get ready to relax!

Hurry UP! And then, slow down.

I know I will!

1. make a to-do list

2. complete a few tasks

3. get the ball rolling on a few more tasks that will take time and other forces to come to completion

4. feel great about tackling those tasks!

5. relax!

Wishing you all the motivation, celebration and peace possible! I’m rooting for you!

Wednesday’s Workshop Teaser


This Wednesday, November 7th from 5:30-6:30pm at Equilibrium on Elm St in Brattleboro, VT, I will be leading part two of my recent workshop series: Happy, Healthy Holidays. This workshop will focus on managing stress during the holiday season. We will cover a variety of topics for total-body wellness during the most wonderful (and also most stressful) time of the year.

  • Explore how to interact with friends and family members in a healthy manner.
  • Learn a variety of relaxation techniques to keep your stress level low.
  • Discover the connections between stress and food, and how to avoid weight gain this holiday season.
  • Contemplate strategies for shifting focus from money and gifts, to love, goodwill, and the magic of the season.

If you are in the greater Brattleboro area, I hope to see you this Wednesday for this important workshop. The cost is only $6, and you will receive a copy of the presentation afterward to review the information covered in your own home.

For those of you who are not local to Brattleboro, or who are not able to attend, I am looking into offering both Part One: Healthy Hosting and Guesting (covering healthy cooking for the holidays) and Part Two: Happy Holidays as online workshops. Stay posted.

Angie’s Top Tips for Avoiding Over-indulgence


This Wednesday I lead a workshop in Brattleboro called Happy, Healthy Holidays: Healthy Hosting (and guest-ing!). The workshop focused on keeping holiday cuisine easy to digest, and specialty diet-friendly. I also touched upon everyone’s favorite elephant near the holiday table: emotional eating and over-indulgence.

As a pre-Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas/Solstice/etc./etc. treat to you, I give you…

ANGIE’S TOP TIPS FOR AVOIDING OVER-INDULGENCE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

  • Go in with a plan!!!
  1. Know your triggers! – If pie is your downfall, then solemnly swear to yourself (and a witness if necessary) that you will only have so much, and that’s. it. (One small slice, or maximum of two for example.)
  2. Set your limits before you even see the food. Before you leave home? Three days ahead? Whatever it takes to get those limits solidly in your brain so that the chances of ditching the game plan are slim.
  3. Visualize how you’d like to feel after the meal: vibrant and energized? Content and light? Most likely you don’t want to feel bloated, grumpy, tired and guilt-ridden.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation. The stressful (and potentially awkward or dramatic) act of large family or friend gatherings can lead us to slug back one too many Irish Coffees in an effort to simply calm the nerves. Again, set limits beforehand, and be sure to alternate each adult beverage with a glass of water. Speaking of which… Continue reading