We are in full holiday mode! Well, I should say we are in full 2020 holiday mode. This holiday season will look and feel a lot different for most…if not all of us, BUT it’s important that we take time for ourselves, those that we love, and find a bit of love and strength in the magic of the season.
I’ve been talking a lot about how to prioritize our health during this often busy, stressful season. I’ve included some of my favorite “simple” foundational health tips to help you navigate whatever you are planning so you can stay healthy, happy and energized over the holidays and into the new year!
1. Drink Plenty of Water (with benefits)
Water is particularly important during this time when we tend to drink a little more alcohol and eat a bit more than normal including things we may not typically enjoy. Staying hydrated is important for the physiological functions of the liver, can help the liver to naturally detoxify, and rehydrates us after drinking too. Water helps you to feel fresh and energized! You want to aim for around 2-2.5 liters per day. Don’t forget to add in some “extras” or benefits as I like to call them. A squeeze of citrus, a tablespoon or two of Aloe Vera juice, chia seeds, a pinch of Himalayan sea salt….ALL work wonders for getting your mineral count up and balancing your electrolytes. Check out my page here for Hydration with Benefits Ideas.
2. Focus on Including Protein at every meal.
Including protein-rich foods on your plate means you’ll feel more satiated, energized and better able to enjoy all those holiday treats in moderation! You’ll also be more in tune with when you feel full and hungry versus if you’d started with sugar-filled foods!
I recommend enjoying a protein-rich breakfast to start each day and to enjoy a protein-rich snack before any event – things like my Cherry Bomb Smoothie or Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie to start your day and a yogurt bowl for a snack before going out.
3. Prioritize Z’s.
Often when we’re enjoying the holidays our sleep schedule can get a little out of whack. We tend to stay out later, and fall out of our regular routine. It’s important to try to continue to make time for a good quality sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours per night, depending on what works best for you.
If you find you’re struggling to get to sleep, due to a busy or restless mind, try some chamomile or ginger caffeine free tea which can help you feel calm, relaxed and promote a beautiful night’s sleep if you need some extra support! Incorporating a nourishing, wind-down nighttime routine that includes things like, putting your legs up against the wall for 10-15 minutes, listening to relaxing music, reading or having a bubble bath can help promote better rest.
4. Don’t forget your vegetables (Think in color)!
Vegetables are high in fiber, so are great for digestion and gut health, and they really do keep you feeling great. Try to include a variety of color, so you’re consuming plenty of different vitamins and minerals daily – your body will love you for it! Next grocery haul, how about adding a new vegetable to your basket that you wouldn’t usually cook with? You may have a new found love for a delicious veggie!
Most importantly, remember to take time for yourself. The world has certainly felt heavy this past year. Let this season be a time to connect with yourself and hit the “reset” button.
I love to create healthier spins on some of my very favorite desserts! This Apple Crumble checks all the healthier boxes while maintaining it’s yumminess!