Here is what I recommend on how to stay healthy, happy and hydrated during the Holidays.
Adjust your plan as needed:
Wear your favorite clothes and, if they start feeling snug, adjust your exercise and nutrition plan.
Use gluten free flour, ghee, maple syrup or honey, and dairy free milk products. Explore other options: ripe bananas instead of butter for example.
Boost your immune system:
Eat enough fruits and vegetables to increase the amount of Vits C and A in your body. Get enough rest and sleep–key ingredients to a healthy and strong immune system.
Pick the small plate. Enjoy and taste each flavor deeply and chew the food until it almost becomes liquid inside your mouth before you swallow it. Eat slowly and wait 10 minutes until you know whether you are full or need a second serving; that is how long it takes to get the message from your stomach to your brain.
Give to others:
Take care of yourself by also taking care of others thru sharing and connecting in any way possible.
No guilt if you break one rule or two. After all, we are all humans and need to enjoy life so, if you overdid it a little bit with one meal, come back to healthier eating on the next one and stay with that pattern for as long as possible. Feeling deprived won’t work, it will make you feel miserable and not able to enjoy fully.
Take time to rest, sleep, read a book, watch a movie, or go for a walk. Prioritize yourself on top of anything else so you can truly enjoy this beautiful time of the year with your batteries fully charged.
We are 60% water so make sure you keep that healthy percentage by drinking it throughout the day. Choose the long skinny glass if you are drinking alcohol and drink a glass of water after each drink. Have a designated driver; don’t drink and drive.
Turn movement into fun:
I realized that the more I think about the enjoyable experience of movement, the more I want to incorporate it during the times when I know I will need it the most.