How to Have a Healthy & Happy Holiday
One thing is for sure, the holidays, while full of joy and celebration, can also be filled with excess leading to feelings of anxiety and stress. The extra spending, feasting and late night treating can bring anyone to spiral into a space of discomfort and remorse. I love celebrating the holidays, but it's hard to enjoy the traditions, company and cheer when I don't feel like myself. That's why I've put together a little list of simple things that help keep me grounded while feeling healthy and happy all throughout the holidays. Hopefully, with the help of one or two, you will too!
- Up your water intake: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and detox, detox, detox. That is the pure and simple magic of high quality H2O. It's easy to get dehydrated in the winter months, especially around the holidays. Adjusting to indoor heating and the extra feasting requires those 2 L of water a day to keep lips, skin and hair looking and feeling vibrant, moisturized and healthy, as well as water helps flush the body of toxins from the holiday cocktails and nutrient void treats. Not too mention it is a natural way to keep energy levels up and holiday bloat away while navigating the the holiday crowds and going from party to party!
- Spend time Alone: the other morning at the gym I overheard a group of moms talk about how grumpy and impossible they feel when they don't get time to themselves. I have to agree and I don't think it's just a mom thing. It's way too easy to get sidetracked trying to fit in all the holiday prep, shopping and socials that our solitary down time goes out the window first and fast. It's important to get a good 30 minutes in of uninterrupted 1 on 1 time with yourself a day. Whether you read a book, take a bath, write in your journal or do whatever it is that you enjoy alone, do what is calming and therapeutic to you and keep that at the top of your list.
- Keep your routine: This is a big one. Don't push regular exercise and healthy eating to be resolved or renewed in the New Year. Personally, I'm a total beyotch when I feel gross andI'm not nourishing my body with nutritious and colourful fresh foods, getting regular sleep or sticking to my regular fitness activities. When we don't feel good about ourselves everything becomes more challenging. We loose our patience, we stress, we continue the unhealthy spiral of grabbing foods that aren't ideal just to fuel the fire with just about anything to avoid the crash. Exercise releases those happy endorphins. Do a little everyday and compliment the holiday treats with healthy eats. A good trick- load up on a salad before you head out to the party or fill your plate 3/4 with veggies and the other 1/4 with treats. You'll satisfy your inner angel and party animal. Don't forget to log your Z's. Even if that means listening to your body and sneaking in a little cat nap to make up for a couple extra late nights.
- Sip a cup of tea. Sounds a little granny but a detox tea before bed can do wonders for your digestive system, liver, kidneys and overall feel good vibes. Some of my favourites are Flat Tummy Tea and Arbonne Essentials Herbal Detox Tea. Hot lemon water is also a good idea and natural alternative.
- Relax and Enjoy: If you miss any of the above here and there the best thing to do is not beat yourself over the head about it. Just move on and start fresh the next day. The holidays are supposed to be fun. A time to rejoice, come together and celebrate so let go, relax and paint the town pink. Sometimes I feel we try so hard to get everything so perfect butthe truth is life isn't a movie and our kitchens aren't being photographed for House and Home magazine. If it gets a bit messyjust enjoy the laughs, stay in the moment and create those beautiful memories.
Blessings and Joy