8 Ways To Keep A Healthy Holiday Spirit.
If you're anything like me, you may find that the stress of the holiday season sets up the perfect storm to feel under the weather and out of energy.
And it's no wonder...with hectic schedules and the abundance of holiday treats, the season can wreak havoc on our bodies!
Most of us know what we should be doing to maintain good health: eat more vegetables, stay hydrated, exercise, reduce processed foods, get plenty of rest, etc. -- but actually following through with these intentions is the hard part. Well, it is for me anyway.
I urge you all to make a commitment to maintain your wellness so that you can truly enjoy the abundance of the season!
In the meantime, here are some tips to make the season even brighter:
1. Use healthier ingredients
in your favorite holiday dishes (see some recipe ideas below!). For baked goods, nix the refined white sugar and use a wholesome substitute like agave nectar, brown rice syrup, or honey.
I have been experimenting with brown rice syrup and honey a lot lately and loving the results. (too bad I totally suck at taking photos or you guys would be loving the results as well).
2. Avoid showing up to holiday parties on an empty stomach
; eating a healthy, balanced meal beforehand will help you avoid over-indulging. Trying to save your appetite by not eating for long periods beforehand will do more damage in the long run.
3. Don't stay cooped up in the house
- make the most of chillier weather and head outdoors for some traditional winter fun like sledding, ice skating or skiing. Go for a run (be careful of this terrible air quality), hop on your bike (since we have no snow in the valley this is totally doable). Build a snowman! Take a walking tour of holiday lights or dance to holiday tunes in your living room! Just do some physical activity! It will help promote wellness during this time.
4. Indulge mindfully
. If your holiday isn't a celebration without a slice of pumpkin cheesecake, don't deprive yourself. Remember, in moderation, the occasional indulgence is OK! Make sure you pick your favorites, eat slowly and savor every bite.
5. Balance out.
Increased holiday treat consumption by including more veggies in your other meals. Special holiday foods are often more processed and contain more sugar, which can throw off your blood sugar and mood.
6. Get your rest!
Drastically altering your regular sleep patterns by staying up too late and sleeping til noon can be harmful to your immune system, hormone balance and mood regulation. Make it a priority to get enough rest so you can enjoy all of the abundance during this time.
7. Keep your goals realistic.
During this hectic time, make sure you are realistic about all that you can accomplish—in terms of both time and money. Make sure to check-in with yourself and don’t be afraid to turn down certain activities or commitments like baking those extra pies or hosting more people than you can handle if they will result in increased anxiety and stress.
8. Don't lose sight of the real meaning of the holiday season.
As you celebrate with close family and friends, reflect on all the things that make your life worth celebrating.
Here are a few recipes to help you stay balanced and enjoy the decadence the holidays bring:
I would love to hear how you stay balanced during the season?
To a healthy Holiday Season~