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How to Thrive Not Just Survive During the Holidays

Words have power.

Perceptions are shaped by words. Attitudes influence intentions. Almost everything is shaped by our intentions.

I frequently consider the trope surviving the holidays at this time of year. How to get through Christmas parties, family get-togethers, and a busy season full of events and celebrations is a topic we frequently hear and read about.

And let's face it, these survival manuals typically focus less on what we should eat and drink throughout the Christmas season. Or to make up for the "more" you consumed during the holidays, more and then less. It's challenging to keep up.

I find this to be a fairly cruel way to treat yourself, even accounting for the odd notion that survival entails caloric deprivation. What are we surviving, really?

What if the narrative were reversed?

Thrive through the holidays.

Thrive by eating delicious food that makes you feel full and warm.

Thrive by doing awesome workouts powered by that great food.

Hell, thrive through a long winter’s nap after a delicious meal or night out then survive through a much needed siesta!

What if we let the activities we enjoy—getting together with friends and family, eating well, moving about freely, and taking appropriate breaks—get us through this holiday season?

What if we thrived?

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