The holiday season is here! This festive and busy season is filled with fun holiday celebrations with family and friends. There is lots of time spent gift shopping, gift giving and receiving, traveling, and indulging in lots of rich traditional holiday foods and drinks. These holiday foods, parties, and travel can make you feel tired, cause weight gain, and put extra stress on your body and mind. I want you to feel fantastic during this busy time of the year so I’m sharing my simple strategies for a healthy holiday season. These effective strategies will help you stay balanced, calm, and happy. I’m also giving you a free healthy holiday thrive guide eBook. This ebook is filled with extra tips, recipes and important strategies to help you so click on this link to get your free copy: http://sowl.co/CKTBd
7 Simple Strategies for a Healthy Holiday Season
Go for balance not perfection in your food choices.
Trying to eat perfect during the holidays is unrealistic and too hard to do. Make healthy choices 80-90% of the time and the rest of the time enjoy the special holiday foods you really love. This will reduce your stress and guilt, keep you from feeling deprived, and help you stay emotionally balanced.
Boost your immune system.
With all the parties, late nights, sugary treats, alcoholic drinks, and travel it’s easy for your immune system to get run down. Eat whole foods rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin D, and probiotics. These foods will give your immune system that extra boost it needs to stay healthy. I recommend starting your day with a green smoothie with probiotic powder added, eat bone broth, fermented vegetables and leafy greens at lunch, and add in foods with healthy fats like avocado, pastured butter, coconut oil, organ meats, and wild salmon at every meal. These nutrient-rich foods will keep you nourished and satisfied so you won’t be tempted to overindulge in too many holiday foods and drinks that will depress your immune system and cause inflammation.
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Don’t forget to drink enough water.
Drinking plenty of water every day is so important for maintaining vibrant health and keeping you hydrated. Drinking water also helps with flushing out toxins, boosting your energy, and weight management. I like to make batches of yummy infused water with fruits, herbs and essential oils to keep me drinking it all day. Here’s one of my favorite recipes for apple lemon ginger infused water.
Don’t use the season as an excuse to indulge in holiday treats every day for several months.
I know it can be tempting to eat lots of holiday treats like cookies and cakes, etc. all week long during the months of November and December with family, coworkers, and friends bringing them to parties, your home or workplace. Instead of giving in and indulging every time someone offers it to you, allow yourself one or two days during each week to enjoy some of your favorite treats. Save those extra calories for indulging in a delicious holiday meal during the actual holiday like on Christmas day.
Find fun and easy ways to fit in exercise.
I know it can be difficult to find time to exercise during this busy season! Here’s a few suggestions to help you. Park further away at the mall when doing your holiday shopping so you can take an energizing walk to get to the door. Take the stairs instead of the elevator at work and other places you visit. Dance along to your favorite holiday music. Take a brisk walk outdoors and enjoy the invigorating cold air. Or if you’re up for it try a quick fat burning workout like Tabata that only takes minutes to do but delivers great results. Here’s a great free Tabata video workout for you to try.
Take time for gratitude.
The holiday season is about so much more than just food, fun, and endless parties. It’s a time to reflect on and be grateful for all the people, blessings and experiences that bring joy into your life. Take some time to tell your family and friends how much you love and appreciate having them in your life. Start your morning thinking about several people and things that make you feel blessed and grateful. It’s a great way to start your day on a positive note.
Use essential oils for self-care and extra support.
Essential oils are beautiful, fragrant gifts from plants that can be used to help support your good health and wellness. Essential oils have been used and studied for centuries for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits by many cultures around the world. They are used for food preparation, aromatherapy, health care, beauty products and more! I love using specific essential oils every day for different things. I use lavender for restful sleep and stress relief, the tension blend and restful blend to stay calm and peaceful, the grounding blend for emotional balance and well being, the invigorating blend for feeling happy, the protective blend for immune system support, wild orange for energy, and the soothing blend for aching muscles and pain relief. if you want to find out more about the only essential oil brand I use and recommend contact me by email or phone at 310-866-6944 PST to learn more.
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I hope my easy-to-do strategies will help you enjoy a happy, healthy, and stress-free holiday season! What’s your favorite holiday traditions? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.
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