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Five Simple Tips for a Healthy Holiday

  • November 21st, 2012

The big day is tomorrow and then the Holiday Season officially begins. When it comes to taking care of ourselves, this time of year can be a struggle. Often we are shuffling from one engagement to the next without thinking twice about the toll it’s taking on our bodies and spirits. So what can you do stay vigilant about your physical and emotional health this Holiday Season?

Here are five simple tips you can incorporate NOW to help you stay healthy during the Holiday bustle.

Tip#1: Eat breakfast every morning.

Yes. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you energy for the rest of the day and stabilizes your blood sugar levels. If you currently don’t consider yourself a breakfast person, start out with something simple like a hardboiled egg, oatmeal or a piece of fruit or sprouted, whole grain toast with your favorite nut butter. Just make sure your breakfast contains protein or complex carbs and fat. Avoid simple, refined carbs like cold cereal.

Tip#2: Have at least one alkaline drink every day.

During the Holidays, it’s easy to get caught up eating foods and drinking beverages that have an acidifying effect on the body. When your cells become acidic, they can’t hold oxygen and essentially suffocate. Tissues in the body become inflamed and begin to degenerate. Many experts say that cancer cells can’t survive in an alkaline environment. In addition to incorporating a lot of veggies into your daily menu plans, mix any of the following in 8 oz of water and drink at least once a day to help balance the pH of your blood and cells:Green Mint Smoothie

  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 TBSP of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBSP of chlorophyll
  • 1-2 TBSP of greens powder

Consider making a green smoothie and if you have a juicer, juice some of your favorite veggie combinations. One of my favorite recipes contains apple, carrot and ginger. Yum!

Tip #3: Keep a gratitude journal and write in it daily.

Counting your blessings can keep you focused on the reason for the season. Our problems seem less dramatic when we focus on what’s going right in our lives. Then when things do go wrong, it’s not as big of a deal, allowing us to keep our stress levels in check.

Tip#4: Set a timer on the hour for breaks.

When the timer goes off, take five minutes to stretch, do breathing exercises, sit-ups, squats or close your eyes and meditate. Mix it up! In fact, decorate a box or other container and write about ten different activities on separate slips of paper. Keep this box near your timer or hourglass in your office, and pull out one slip of paper on the hour and do that activity. When you’re on the go, set several alarms listing different activities on your smartphone. You may not be in a place where you can plop on the ground and do sit-ups, but you could balance on one foot, close your eyes for a few minutes and take three deep breaths or do a gratitude check.

Tip#5: Take several deep slow breaths through the nose and smile between events.

Be intentional and playful about your schedule. If you have one (or ten plus) of those days that’s booked solid, be sure to take a few moments to acknowledge the present moment in between activities. Smiling lets your body and brain know that life is good and you can relax and enjoy the ride! Also, feel empowered, not guilty, about canceling if you do overbook and need to retreat.

Be sure to review my Healthy Holidays tips from last year to give you a few more ideas on how to live the next month more mindfully and playfully. In addition, Chelsea Calhoun of Groove Dance Fitness and I are hosting a Healthy Holidays Open House at the Glenn Dale Community Center on December 1st. Visit PLAY for more information. In the meantime, I look forward to hearing how these tips work for you and other playful ways that you create healthy habits during the Holiday Season!

 

2 Responses to “Five Simple Tips for a Healthy Holiday”

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    February 28, 2013 at 7:50 am, tips for healthy holidays said:

    Great post! thanks for sharing! I really love your work, It has a lot of nice ideas and insights

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    • Kim

      March 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm, Kim said:

      Thanks for sharing your article!

      Reply

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