Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is in sight (well, hello November), Christmas is nearly here and OH SHIT IT'S 2017.
It's crazy how quickly the end of the year moves along. There are countless activities to get into, holiday parties to attend, and family gatherings chalk full of belly laughs and whiskey (in my case) to tantalize your tastebuds and stretch your waistband.
In light of November's arrival and the holiday stress that ensues, I thought I'd do a little post about my tools to staying healthy during the holiday season.
1. MAKE SELF CARE A PRIORITY
This should really be something that you carry with you year round, but I find it especially important during the holiday season. Do a simple 10 minute meditation before you start your day, soak in a lavender bath once a week, move your body in whatever way speaks most to you. It doesn't matter what is, just do something (or multiple things) that make you feel good. It's imperative that you take the time to care for yourself. If you don't indulge in this loving energy, you won't have anything to share with all the family and friends around you during this special time of year.
2. DRINK UP (water, that is)
Drinking half your body weight in ounces (every day!) will not only make you look and feel better and more refreshed, it will also help combat all the dehydrating activities you'll likely be taking part in during the holiday season (i.e. alcohol and the extra caffeine to keep you going). Another pro tip is to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume. Not only will this prevent you from the dreaded hangover the next day, but your skin will thank you for the moments (and years) to come.
3. 90/10 GOALS
While I generally stick to the 80/20 rule, the holidays can be especially difficult with all the seasonal goodies laying around. It's important to take extra care of what you're putting in your body during times of stress. I challenge you to try to hit more in the 90/10 ratio for "good" to "bad" choices during this time. Bold moves, I know. Devour all the healthy options before dipping into the not-so-ideal treats laying around. Not only will you truly savor grandma's homemade pie, but you'll feel good in your body while doing so. That's really the key. I know that when I eat like shit, I feel like shit, and then... well I am total shit at a party. I have nothing to offer because I'm too uncomfortable to muster up more energy than what's needed to simply digest. Try to remember the "after" feeling instead and commit to staying your course. You got this.
4. UP THE TONIC GAME
In case you haven't noticed, I'm super into herbs and their healing properties. Commit to making one tonic a day (I'll post more of my favorites as inspirations) to up the health game. Prevention is better than struggling to cure the symptoms. Herbs can help keep your immune system strong, skin glowing and liver detoxing on a daily basis. Add a little sumthin' sumthin' to your daily coffee (check out my unicorn fuel recipe) and you've checked that box for the day. Just remember that these aren't an instant gratification medication, herbs are meant to be taken in small does over a long period of time (ideally your lifetime).
5. NIX THE GUILT
While it's wonderful to be keeping your health goals in mind when indulging in the holiday activities, it's important not to bash yourself for those moments when you fall off the wagon. Come on friends, it's the holidays! Enjoy them, be present in your time spent with friends and family, and don't give yourself too many rules or boundaries so that you end up being stressed, rather than filled with the love that's around you. Feeling guilty about eating foods you don't normally allow yourself to eat will only be a breading ground for more guilt. Allow yourself to indulge where necessary and commit to getting back on track the next day. We're only human after all.
Happy Holiday-ing my friends!