5 Blogs to Help With the Holidays

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

winter-walk2It's crunch time! Working, baking, shopping and meeting family obligations are what the next 2 weeks has in store for me (plus throw in a 4-day hockey tournament for good measure). The key is to slow down, even for 10 minutes, and enjoy the quiet moments that really matter in the end. At Village Green, we hope that you all have a peaceful, happy and hopefully restful holiday season. In the meantime, here are some past blogs that might help make the season more enjoyable. 5 Tips to Cut Down on Holiday Waste: During the holidays, Americans use about 4 million tons of wrapping paper and gift bags and that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of waste. According to the EPA, household waste increases by more than 25% over the holidays. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all add up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills. Find out what you and your family can do to cut down the waste! Staying Stress Free During the Holidays: Unfortunately the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Practicing the simple suggestions in this blog can help us deal with this potentially difficult time and stay stress free during the holidays. Travel Health During the Holidays: It's a busy time of year for many of us, and while traveling should be relaxing and enjoyable, unfortunately, it can also be hard on your body. Recycled air on flights exposes you to cold and flu germs and jet lag can make you lose valuable days of vacation time. Eating foods that you are not used to can also cause digestive distress. Being prepared before you travel can make the difference between a miserable trip and a memorable one. 10 Commandments for No Holiday Weight Gain: Debi Silber, a recognized expert on health, weight loss, fitness and wellness, gives 10 rules to eat by to avoid the extra weight we all tend to gain around the holidays. Cranberry Chutney: Skip the canned cranberry sauce and try this cranberry chutney instead. Jar it and give it as gifts as well! Photo from here, with thanks.