Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

I know that everyone writes to you around Christmastime to tell you what they want you to bring. This year, I am writing to tell you what I would like you to do…

Santa, in 2014, I would like you to get healthy! Since I work as a health coach, I wanted to give you some tips to get you started.

1. I know that Christmas is a stressful time for you. With having to get to all those houses and deliver all those toys, I mean, who wouldn’t be stressed out! But I want you to make sure that you take some time to breathe and relax. Delegate some. You don’t have to do it all on your own. Have the elves help you pack the sleigh, feed the reindeer, or check your list. I mean, honestly, do you *really* need to check it twice!

2. Santa, please lay off the milk and cookies. Why not take a cue from the reindeer and grab a couple of carrot sticks and water. You need to stay hydrated while you are on the run. Make sure you keep plenty of water in the sleigh. If you feel thirsty, it’s already too late! Cookies come with lots of extra calories, and could raise your blood sugar, and all that milk could cause you digestive issues. People want you to leave presents under the tree, not a present in the toilet bowl.

3. Pace yourself. All that in and out of the sleigh, and going up and down the chimneys makes for a really great plyometric workout, but, no offense, Santa, it doesn’t look like you are getting much exercise the rest of the year. It’s great to start an exercise routine, but one should ease into it. Trying to do too much too soon could lead to injury, so go slow; okay?

4. Now Santa, let’s talk germs. It’s great that you let all the kids sit on your lap and tell you their Christmas wishes. But along with their Christmas lists, I’m sure a fair number of them are also bringing their runny noses, sneezes, and kid germs…and we all know that kid germs are among the most powerful germs on the planet! So Santa, pack some antibacterial gel in your sack. Wash your hands often. Ask an elf to keep some tissues handy for all those snotty noses. And make sure you get enough rest and stay hydrated, and eat lots of good, fresh healthy foods. All of these things will help combat the germs and keep you healthy through December 25th and beyond.

5. Spend some quality time with Mrs. Claus. It’s easy to get wrapped up in giving presents to the world, but don’t forget to nurture those relationships that make life worth living. Take Mrs. Claus on a vacation after the holidays. Take Rudolph for a walk once in a while. Take the elves out to lunch and tell them how much you appreciate their hard work. Healthy happy relationships really are an important part of your overall health.¬†

Well, Santa. Christmas is almost here. My Christmas wish is for you, and everyone else, to live their best, happiest, healthiest lives. My mission is to help everyone feel their very best. Santa, if you want a free, no-obligation, 50-minute health history, visit me at http://www.thecaringcoachingcenter.com. Tell everyone else too on your travels. It’s an offer that extends to everyone, not just the man in the big red suit!

Happy Holidays, Everyone! And until next time, veg in, don’t veg out!