The holidays are supposed to be a time of celebration, togetherness and joy. Yet, they can bring challenges to our total wellness journey, including our physical, emotional and mental health. Being prepared with a plan that feeds your body, mindset and spirit during the holidays is so important to staying on track and healthy.
If you let the holidays happen to you, you might become ill with the common cold or flu, or find yourself putting on some extra pounds as you succumb to the sugary beverages and baked goods we’re all inundated with during this time of the year. You might commit to too many family obligations, festive outings, holiday parties and maybe even some travel. You might also be running on less sleep.
The point is that even the most disciplined people can find it difficult to stick to their health and fitness goals. So let’s get prepped together with these four insights!
Reduce Your Stress (it doesn’t go with that holiday outfit!)
Stress is blamed for a myriad of issues, from headaches and insomnia to irritability, heart disease, depression and weight gain. If you’re among the 1 in 4 people dealing with significant stress, it is possible to regain control and achieve a more calm, centered mindset. Couple stress with less sleep and its a recipe for instant illness. Add alcohol consumption into the mix, and the body’s ability to cope and fend off illness decreases even more.
Our advice: focus on self-care. Resist packing too much into your day, carve out your eight hours of overnight sleep and let your family in on your plan, listen to inspiring music and schedule time to relax by doing something you love. Check out a yoga class or bundle up and take a walk with a friend to get some exercise. Enlist others to help you with holiday tasks that you’ve taken on in the past as a solo venture (hint: this is where advance planning comes in!)
Boost Your Immune System
A strong immune system will help your body fight any germs and bacteria that are especially present during holiday season. It goes without saying that getting your rest — right when you feel the onset of a cold — is critically important. Although it can be nearly impossible to just halt your life and responsibilities for a day or two, you’ll cut the duration of a cold, bounce back more quickly and miss less of the holiday fun in the long run. Also key in immunity are probiotics. They assist with weight loss, fight depression and support your immune system and more. They boost the good bacteria that live in your gut, which is where 80% of your immune system lives. They aid your digestion and contribute to your overall health.
Our advice: boost your immune system. Take in proper immunity-boosting items like organic tea and Activate-C, a favorite go to of ours for immunity. We also suggest checking to ensure probiotic-rich foods are in your diet and adding a heathy probiotic for both you and your entire family. Remember that not all probiotics are created equal. The probiotic we suggest from our favorite wellness store, Florify, is affordable and great for babies and children too.
Curb Your Sugar Cravings
The holidays and all of the foods and treats that accompany them go hand in hand. We aren’t here to tell you not to indulge in some of your favorite meals or treats. Heck, I know I’ll be having some hot chocolate and pumpkin pie at some point.
Our advice: Over the holidays it’s okay to occasionally indulge, but focus on maintaining your weight and watching your sugar intake. When you do indulge, try capping it at half of what you might typically indulge in. Try healthier versions of your favorite recipes extra steps, and continue to eat balanced meals.
At our Healthy for the Holidays event (see invite here), we’ll share some creative ways to enjoy pumpkin lattes and protein-based snacks. We’ll also provide you with the top three essential oils for curbing your appetite.
When you have a positive mind, it informs positive vibes that lead to a positive life.
Our advice: Focus on surrounding yourself with individuals that inspire and motivate you to become a better version of yourself. Follow health-oriented people and communities who post positive, encouraging messages, and give out a positive vibe. Set aside those materials or people that aren’t conducive to your goals. Over the next several weeks, you should start to notice a more constructive and motivating support system. Follow us on Instagram for daily inspiration and check out our upcoming community events to help keep you healthy and inspired during the holidays.
What kind of holidays do you want to have? It’s starts now!