This time of year is festive and fun, but it can also be really busy and sometimes stressful. Extra celebrations, dinners out, visits with family and friends, especially if you have worked to make changes this past year, while fun, can also be stressful. You want to celebrate, but due to a restrictive diet, you feel deprived. You enjoy a fun night out but then feel guilty for indulging. Maybe you are experiencing an increase in stress due to hosting, traveling, or a plethora of things needing to be done.
Focusing on the basics can help to keep you grounded without being so overwhelmed.
- Move your body – even if you take a break from your typical exercise routine, just move. Go for a walk after eating, take the stairs instead of the elevator, playing with your kids, nieces, nephews or grandkids – a game of tag can be a mini workout.
- Sleep – aim for a minimum of 7 hours of sleep nightly. Avoid screens an hour before bed, keep your room cool and dark, and try to stick to a sleep schedule (i.e., go to bed and get up at the same time daily).
- Hydrate – adequate hydration keeps our lymphatics moving, helps us clear toxins and just helps keep things in balance in our bodies. If you find you are indulging in alcohol, increase your water intake. After an alcoholic drink, follow it with a glass of water or mineral water.
- Diet – there is no shortage of treats and temptations this time of year. Stick to your non-negotiables. What do I mean by non-negotiables? Foods that you know if you eat them will cause inflammation, GI distress or will make it difficult to get back on track- avoid these foods. Enjoy occasional splurges or treats during celebrations, so you don’t feel deprived. Then get back on track at your next meal. Keep ingredients on hand for quick, easy, nutrient dense meals (e.g., stir fry, salad, soup, or bowl meals). I love this veggie soup packed with nutrients. For a vegetarian version, omit the meat. I can eat this soup morning, noon and night!
- Supplements – stick to your foundational supplements. When we find ourselves indulging in foods that lack nutrients, not only are we supplying our bodies with fewer nutrients, but we are also likely depleting our nutrient stores.
I hope these simple tips are helpful while you enjoy the holidays.
I also wanted to take time to say thank you. Whether we have worked together previously or are currently working together, I am grateful to be a part of your healthcare team. I thoroughly enjoy partnering with you and I am so appreciative of your trust and allowing me to join you on your journey to optimizing your health.
Happy holidays to you and your loved ones. I hope you find time for celebrations and some self-care!