This is a beautiful season of gathering, expressing love and friendship, and celebrating the end of another abundant year. However, it can also mean a season of stress, packed calendars, travel, temptation, and exhaustion!
Don’t want to lose your stride in the healthy changes you’ve been making? Don’t want to be tempted by those sugary and savory treats that come at this time of year? Here’s some tips and tricks to keep yourself glowing with health all through the season.
How To Keep Your Health Vibrant Throughout the Holiday Season
This is the season of festive food and drink. If you know you may indulge a bit more during the holidays, one way to lessen the impact of impact on your health is to stay hydrated! My advice? Drink at least half your body weight in ounces. So if you weight 200 pounds, drink at minimum 100 ounces. If you want to take your hydration to the next level, drink parsley water. This healing beverage not only hydrates on a cellular level, it also flushes out the kidneys and provides amazing support to your adrenals, immune system, and central nervous system – which are all part of feeling good through the holidays! If you know you may have some alcohol, I highly recommend getting in parsley water before and after and staying hydrated the whole time. This will help your kidneys and liver flush the alcohol out of your system. (Note: It is my recommendation that if you are on a healing journey of any kind to refrain from alcohol use, as it burdens the liver and can feed viruses and bacteria.) Staying hydrated throughout the holidays will help keep your energy levels up so you can fully engage with your loved ones!
If you know you are going to a holiday gathering (or any gathering) with food that may not align with your needs or preferences, plan ahead. Bring something to share that you also can eat (see my go-to recipe below). Eat beforehand so your primary focus is socializing and building relationships, instead of navigating through culinary temptations or asking others the ingredients they used for a certain dish. If it would be considered socially awkward not to be eating, simply get a small plate or cup of the item you had brought with you.
Rest when needed.
Despite the true spirit of the season, the holidays can also cause a lot of stress! Errands, preparation, gift-gathering, coordinating, and tactfully navigating family relationships can certainly wear us out. Though it may seem counterintuitive given our long to-do list, take the opportunity to rest. Listen to your body and give yourself the gift of self-compassion this holiday season.
Keep your immune system strong.
Attending gatherings with lots of family or friends at this time of year can mean an easy way to pick up a virus. (See my previous post about how to build a robust immune system.) Supplements can certainly help strengthen your immunity by taking care of some deficiencies. Here are my recommendations to boost your immune system:
- Zinc (and here’s why zinc is crucial for your immunity!)
- Liposomal C or Ester-C
- Rose hip tea
- Elderberry syrup
- B12 (helps uplift you in the midst of the “holiday slump”)
- Dr. Christopher’s Cold Season Formula (taking the recommended dosage can be used as a preventative, and you can double or triple the dosage if already sick)
Use these tips to help keep you on a healthy track through the holidays… so you can enjoy them fully!
Here’s my go-to festive drink to bring to holiday gatherings:
Cranberry Orange Delight
This festive drink is perfect for holiday gatherings. The sweetness of the juiced oranges perfectly balances the tartness of the cranberries, and the added vitamin C from the Liposomal C boosts the immunity of all who have a taste… Little do they know that this delicious drink is gently cleaning the body from debris from other holiday treats as they enjoy each sip!
– 5 cups fresh pressed organic orange juice
– 3 cups organic cranberries
– 2 Tbsp Liposomal C
Place all ingredients in blender and enjoy. Garnish with floating orange slices and whole cranberries!
Enjoy your holidays!
Cranberry Orange Delight
This festive drink is perfect for holiday gatherings. The sweetness of the juiced oranges perfectly balances the tartness of the cranberries, and the added vitamin C from the Liposomal C boosts the immunity of all who have a taste... Little do they know that this delicious drink is gently cleaning the body from debris from other holiday treats as they enjoy each sip!
- 5 cups fresh pressed organic juiced oranges
- 3 cups fresh organic cranberries
- 2 Tbsp Liposomal C
Place all ingredients in blender and enjoy. Garnish with orange slices and whole cranberries!
The brand I recommend for the Liposomal C is Lipo Naturals.
PARSLEY WATER: THE “1-2-3 DRINK”
- 1 bunch organic flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tbsp raw organic honey* or substitute pure maple syrup
- Juice of 3 limes or lemons*
- 5-6 cups water
Place all ingredients in a blender.
Blend for 1-2 minutes. Enjoy!
You can add more honey/pure maple syrup to make the taste sweeter, or more lime/lemon to make it more sour to your preference. You can also strain out the pulp if you prefer a smoother texture.
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