With the Holidays upon us, we tend to slack off the healthy way we eat and live our lives. We need to stay the course to stay strong mentally and physically. By eating the right foods we can keep our immune systems strong, especially being around many relatives and friends who might not be feeling well. Being stuck in closed quarters, travelling on airplanes, etc. we need to be strong and able to fight off germs and viruses wanting to take up residence in us. For more information on the importance of a strong immune system see my 5 part series on "Gut Health".
Here are a few tips on "surviving" the holidays.
*1- Feel and Give the LOVE!, our families and friends are one of the most important parts of keeping good mental health.
*2- Stay hydrated with quality water. Keep the alcohol at a minimum.
*3- Eat a healthy fiber-rich breakfast, it will keep you going for most of the day and keep you from looking for sugar rich snacks.
*4- Make most of your meals with raw whole foods. ( fruits, veggies, nuts.) Consuming these will "fill" you up and decrease your appetite. When the feast begins, load up on sweet potatoes, roasted carrots, green beans etc. If you indulge in a portion of meat, go with a small amount. Remember it takes a long time for your body to digest meat products. It is very taxing for the body and makes it work overtime.
*5- Wait for awhile before desserts, your body is already in overload and needs time to rest. Just don't have dessert right before bed as this will not make for a deep regenerative sleep.
*6- Go for walk, especially if its a little cold outside.
*7- Don't talk politics! We all have our different opinions. Let's respect them.
*8- Do something different than normal. Even if its just reading a book or looking at my past blog posts, there is a lot of great info!
*9- Get plenty of rest, but don't hibernate!
Holidays can be quite hectic and chaotic. Our nerves can be rattled.
"Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. You must be shapeless, formless, like water." Bruce Lee
Have a great week.