Thursday, December 15, 2011

December Sanity Challenge

Last month, my nutritionist of awesomeness, Cheryl Harris (of Harris Whole Health and Gluten Free Goodness), emailed a handful of gluten free bloggers on Black Friday with the following challenge:

"The challenge—post on what you plan to do to make your holidays sane, happy and healthy.  Make it specific!  Not just “I’ll get more sleep," but “I’ll get at least 7 hours of sleep, 5 days a week”.  Not just “I won’t go crazy making desserts," but “I’ll make a maximum of XX desserts, and space them out over XX time”.  You know what you need to do to keep this doable, and writing it down will help you get there!"

 Cheryl's words really hit home with me. I love the holidays. Absolutely love them... but they are also a challenging time for me emotionally, physically, and sometimes spiritually. There can be a lot of stress and tension with family and friends (both positive and negative). A lot of excess food, parties, gifts, etc... After thinking on these things, I realized that focusing on self-care this month would be crucial for my overall health.

Cheryl started the event with a post on Thursday December 1st. Cheryl focused specifically on getting more movement during the month of December.

Next, Iris Higgins, author of the gluten free food blog The Daily Dietribe shared a post on Thursday December 8th. Her goals revolved around getting adequate exercise everyday and making the time to mediate.

For our 3rd post today (December 15th) Valerie, author of City Life Eats, shared her goals for this very busy month. Valerie centered her post today on goals such as spending less time blogging, more time exercising, and taking restorative yoga classes.

I will be sharing my thoughts for the December Sanity Challenge next Thursday, December 22nd.

My goals will focus on self-care, journaling, prayer, and continuing to follow the Paleo food plan.

Are you up for the challenge? 

"You can participate in this December Sanity challenge too.  Write a post on what your goals are for this month and link back to this post (Valerie's December Sanity Challenge post) or any of the other participant's posts. Leave a comment with your link. Make yourself accountable by putting it in writing! Anyone who joins in on the December Sanity Challenge will be entered into a giveaway for a $50 gift certificate to (they are not sponsoring, Cheryl is just that awesome)." -- Valerie of City Life Eats

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  1. (From Tamara) Hi Carrie. For the December sanity challenge: I will take 10 minutes per day, no matter who needs me, what they need, what is happening or what else I want or need to do, to be still. I will close my eyes and say a prayer of thanks and just "be" for that 10 minutes. And I will tell my family that when I am in that 10 minutes, I am off-planet and unreachable, even for the insistent and harried person who is yelling for me because I refuse to be bullied and harried this year, even by my loveable but very eccentric neighbor. Now, that's saying something. And I'm doing it! Thanks for this post. What a sweet reminder. Happy Holidays!


  2. I am already practising saying "No". I will say "No" to anything that I know is not good for me - "No, you stuffed your turkey with regular bread, and I'm not going to eat it and make myself sick." "No, I'm not going to have 'just one' of your homemade shortbread made with wheat flour." "No, I'm not going to overextend myself because you made too many plans and you can't get everything done in time." Perhaps most importantly, I'm not going to feel bad that my roommate doesn't get along with my family, and her kids are working over Christmas. Always before, I've felt guilty. It's not my problem - it's her choices. And I am definitely going to enjoy the gluten free goodies that my dear, dear sister has made for me!

  3. How did I miss your post? So glad I saw it! Self care is so necessary, especially during the holidays. It's funny, winter has this beautiful stillness about it when you just listen to it, and yet December seems one of the most hectic times of the year.
    Looking forward to next weeks' post!

  4. And Carol and Tamara, I love your comments, too. 10 minutes is such a gift. and so many of us have to learn how to gently and lovingly say "no" to various well-meaning gluten-ivores...