Let’s face it, for many of us the holidays are not Norman Rockewell paintings. They are messy and stressful. I thought it might be nice to share some ideas on how to go through them as smoothly as possible.
Picture yourself coming out of the holidays healthier and even happier than entering them. This is the reality you can create for yourself.
Firstly- you have to put yourself at the head of the list for the upcoming weeks. That may sound like a selfish intent and action however look at it as a favor for your loved ones. If you are meeting them from a place brimming with energy and contentment then magically they will be less irritating and you will be more pleasant to be around (they may be just as irritating but you won’t be as irritated because you feel good).
What if you took all the pressure off to buy presents for everyone. Instead buy for children and make donations or buy healthy services on behalf of the adults on your list. That reduces exhausting yourself running around town or spending hours on the internet. Instead use that time to have quality time with your loved ones, preferably enjoying beauty together or having fun. It is a win-win for you both.
Clean Eatz is a great choice for food. The holidays may find you around foods and beverages that you know are not healthy for you. When you go to a party or holiday meal that doesn’t focus on wholesome food choices what do you do? Many of the foods and beverages that are offered at these gatherings can be pro-inflammatory as well as tax your adrenals. That spells achy and tired. Not a great way to meet family and friends. Also you may reach for more caffeine to make it through and that will be dehydrating and stress your adrenal glands creating greater fatigue. It is awkward or even borderline rude to refuse what is offered during the festivities so make sure to drink plenty of water. If you can skip the alcohol or sweets even better at taking some of the pressure off. Take a good digestive enzyme with you to the event to assist the complete break-down of food. Before bed take a good B vitamin, Vitamin C and a bit of magnesium you will wake up feeling more refreshed from a good night of sleep.
When you wake up drink a glass of water with an organic lemon squeezed in it. This will flush out ache producing excess acid. On days in between events make sure to minimize caffeine, grains and fruit and stick mostly to lean protein and non-starchy vegetables to give the adrenals, liver and pancreas a bit of a rest (unless you require the carbohydrates for cardiovascular exercise that day). Weight gain is inevitable when the liver, pancreas and adrenals are stressed and grouchiness often accompanies their
being irritated. These are simple actions that can have the cumulative effect of feeling more ease through the holiday season.
When you feel good the world around you suddenly seems a little better and brighter with higher potential.
Happy holidays and be good to yourself.