‘Tis the season for Christmas parties, work gatherings, ladies nights out and enjoying this lovely holiday season. But wait a minute….you don’t have to forget about your health for the month of December to enjoy yourself, no way! You can have your cake and eat it too. I mean, what’s the point of having of a cake if you can’t even enjoy it??
Check out my top 5 tips to help save your health this holiday season.
- Plan in Advance – is your company having a sit down dinner or cocktail reception? Reach out to the event organizer to express any dietary concerns (gluten free, dairy free, nut free, etc.) and to also suggest that some healthier options are included in the options. Fish, salad, vegetables and chicken (minus creamy sauces!) are always a good choice. If you can’t control the food situation then you can always grab a small bite to eat before you go and pack some extra enzymes to help with any overly indulgent meals!
PRO TIP: Enzymedica and Udo’s have some fantastic digestive enzymes.
- Keep your Hydration up – with all of the extra opportunities to cheers to the festive season you will want to avoid any headaches and hangovers by consuming anywhere from 1.5-2.5 liters of fresh clean water per day. If you do drink opt for organic wines, local craft beers and liquors such as gin with an alternate mix like kombucha as opposed to your normal pop mixture. Try to keep the sugary drink mixes to a minimum!
PRO TIP: NAC (n-acetyl cysteine), B Vitamins and Vitamin C are depleted with excess alcohol so do yourself a favor and stock up on some supplements and organic oranges before a big night out!)
- Choose your Footwear Wisely – Ladies, I’m talking to you! High heels can make an outfit however they can also hurt your back if you’re not used to wearing a new pair. Break any new shoes in a few days before and do your tootsies a favor by packing a pair of ballets to get down on the dance floor later on in the evening.
- Exercise – December can be a busy time and that may have you skipping your workouts, don’t! Regular exercise will help keep your blood flowing, will support digestion and among many other points, will help to keep your stress levels in check. You need it more so this month then many others. Don’t forget to count your strolls around the mall, snow shoveling and outdoor games as exercise because they sure are!
- New Year’s Goals – Don’t throw yourself into such disarray with excess eating, drinking and spending that come January you have a serious case of the blues. It’s not worth it. Trust me on this one. We’ve all been there and we may be there again if we don’t plan to succeed. The holidays are a time to enjoy your family, friends and good fortune. Don’t get caught up in the “commercial” side of things that you forget to have fun and enjoy yourself. Go get your picture taken with Santa!
Well my friends, I hope you all have a wonderful December spending time with the people you love doing things you love. Not to mention all of the tasty food and drink that you can enjoy in moderation too.
I’d love to hear what your plans are for this holiday season. Any big plans? Any recipes you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you.
Create a great day!
– Cordelia McFadyen, C.H.N.C. | B.C.H.N.