The holiday season is upon us which means it's time to celebrate from now until new year. This also means for a lot of people eating more (sugar), drinking more alcohol and less activity with the weather changing.
These are a few of my tips and tricks for enjoying the holiday season while feeling your best. Because who likes having colds, energy crashes and bloating?
1. Sugar savvy. An occasional celebratory meal or indulgence will not hurt you. It is what we do consistently that produces results. During the week and while at work I love a good meal prep to ensure I am eating well. To keep sugar cravings at bay, I fill up on sweet vegetables like carrots, sweet potato and parsnip. A quick and simple soup I love making: boil your choice of root veg until soft. Add to blender with water, vegetable stock and coconut milk. Blend. Add herbs, salt and pepper.
2. Ginger, garlic, greens and onions daily. Ginger helps with stomach issues and boosts immunity. Garlic has natural antibiotic properties and is one of the oldest medicinal plants. Onions again help with fighting off colds but are also a natural anti-inflammatory. Do I really have to explain the greens? :) An easy way to get ginger and greens in is to put it in a smoothie. A banana and a date can sweeten up the smoothie if needed. I also love 'jumped greens': garlic and onion with oil of choice in pan until garlic begins to color, add greens. This is a basic summary of jumped greens, but you can add whatever you would like to the pan.
3. Drink up! (I mean water) Keeping hydrated can help with fatigue and digestion issues. I like to mix up my variety of beverage during the day. I usually have a variety of herbal teas and will infuse my water with fruits or add my lemon essential oil to it. Also a trick I like on occasions out is to keep drinking water in between the glass of wine/champagne etc. Or adding sparkling water to a half a glass of wine. It will make all the difference the next day.
4. Chil out. Maybe easier said than done, but chronic stress can suppress the immune system and increase cortisol levels. Make proper sleep and chill time priority! Confession: I love to end the day with some Spotify karaoke and dance off in my kitchen while I prep food and wash dishes. I try to get to bed a half hour before I want to sleep to read and wind down.
5. Break a sweat. I know it can be tempting to blame the weather for not being as active during the winter, but keeping active releases endorphins, relaxing the body and mind. It also boosts the immune system, keeps you warm ;) and keeps the holiday weight off etc, the list goes on.
By taking care of ourselves we can better enjoy the time with friends and family (and the cakes and cocktails)!