Staying Healthy Through the Holidays
It’s the holiday season, and while this is a time for celebration it is also a time for stress. It seems like we always have a million things to do this time of year, and sometimes taking care of our health is the lowest on that list. It can be difficult to keep yourself on track with wellness, whether that be a healing plan or a diet regimen.
The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be a blur, where it can be easy to continue the eating pattern you started on Thanksgiving, which more often than not can be unhealthy. It can be difficult to develop or even continue healthy habits during this period, but it is possible.
One of the biggest problems around this time is the prevalence of sugar. It can be very tricky to avoid as it’s in chocolates, home-baked goods, and treats – everything we love to eat for the holidays. I strongly encourage you not to eat sugar, especially at this time of year. Eating a lot of sugar can weaken your immune system. Even within a matter of hours, your body will have a more difficult time fighting off sickness.
Tips to Keep You Healthy
Below are some tips that you can use if you’re going to a party.
- High protein pre-party meal -Try eating a high protein meal before going to any sort of holiday party, which will fill you up and make you less likely to eat treats there.
- The Five Minute Pause-Before indulging in that sweet – wait 5 minutes. If you still want them it in 5 minutes, try another 5 minutes. Then….if you still want it, enjoy it FULLY – eat it slowly like it’s the last treat you’re ever going to eat. Often times the craving will pass and you’ll forget about them.
- Limit Alcohol – is at its essence sugar, nurse one drink for the entire party – or make yourself a “mock”-tail with seltzer water and cranberry juice.
- SLEEP! – Make sure that you schedule your sleep time into your schedule. Get to bed at a reasonable time, turn your devices off, and keep your bedroom as a sanctuary for rest and relaxation. Sleep is essential to healing and staying healthy, so make sure you’re not neglecting it.
And here are a few “bonus” tips and supplements that will help you stay even healthier.
- Take a bath – A nice bath with Epsom salts can be a very effective way to relax and de-stress. Epsom salts contain Magnesium, which is absorbed by the skin and it will help you detox, relax you and keep your energy calm.
- You can also take a Magnesium supplement, such as Calm, which is a Magnesium Citrate powder that can be mixed with water. Having a half teaspoon at night before going to bed will relax your body, your muscles, and keeps your blood pressure down.
- Vitamin C is essential for keeping your immune system functioning and keeps your connective tissues healthy.
- Vitamin D in a powder form (or powder capsule) can help improve and protect your digestive health.
- Protectzyme is a digestive enzyme available from Designs For Health that can help protect you from sugar, dairy, and gluten.
- Glutathione – is a super antioxidant. It helps the liver with detoxification and so much more – give your liver some love during this stressful time and take glutathione to support her.
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Most importantly – remember to surround yourself with loved ones, love them a lot, have as much fun as possible, and enjoy the season!!
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