Health and wellness, healthy living, holidays, Uncategorized

Happy Healthy Holidays!

This is the time of year when I just give up! I will admit that I’ve stopped exercising regularly, have let my diet slip, and, haven’t been diligently keeping track of my budget in the midst of holiday shopping.

But I don’t want to totally derail all the good work I’ve done this year, so I’m trying to “stay on track.”

If you’re also trying to stay on track (but aren’t trying that hard, like me) here are a few quick tips to help you have a healthy and happy holiday. I hope they are useful for you!

1. If you aren’t working out as much or as hard as you were prior to the holidays, aim to get in a brisk walk at least three times a week.

2. Participate in exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise. Play with the dog in the snow, build a snowman with the kids, go ice skating, or, walk the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights.

3. Sample holiday treats, but don’t go overboard. Focus on foods that you can’t get all year round. You can have biscuits from a can anytime, but maybe you only get Aunt Rita’s famous cheesecake once a year. Eat the cheesecake and skip the biscuits!

4. When hosting, or when invited to, a potluck-type event, bring something healthy. Trust me, there will be enough fattening foods available.

5. Spend time with friends and family but don’t overbook! For every party, outing, event, etc. that you say yes to, say yes to one or two days just for yourself. This is the time to enjoy with family and friends, not for experiencing burnout!

6. Keep healthy snacks with you for those marathon shopping trips. Apples, bananas, pears, and orange slices travel nicely. My trick? Pack a Ziploc bag with a napkin in it, that way, you can wipe up after you snack and then use the bag to discard the peel or rind of the fruit. Or pack other durable snacks like pretzels, trail mix, or granola bars.

7. Keep alcohol consumption in check. For every alcoholic beverage you consume, drink a glass of water to keep hydrated and to keep from overdoing it.

8. Give yourself one healthy gift this year. Go get a massage, a pedicure, manicure, or a haircut. Take a hot yoga class, or buy yourself a gym membership. Money tight? Try a free fitness class at a local gym or treat yourself to an at-home spa night.

I want to take a moment to wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season. I’m grateful for the support that I’ve received from all of you over the past year, and look forward to writing for you in the New Year!

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out.


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Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on