This is a beautiful season of gathering, expressing love and friendship, and celebrating the end of another 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! Here are more of my favorite hydration hacks.
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 or drink (see my go-to recipe below). You could also 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 any difficult 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 an illness. (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 a few of my recommendations to boost your immune system:
- Zinc (and here’s why zinc is crucial for your immunity!)
- Liposomal C or C From Nature
- 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. Please only adjust dosages under the advisement of a trusted health practitioner.)
Navigating conversational topics these days can be tricky in such a delicate social climate. Although we will not agree with everyone we meet or gather with this holiday season, we must always remember that we are all having a human experience on this earth – and that invites similarities as well as differences for all of us. In a time of divisiveness, let us remember to focus on connection this holiday season. Whether you are gathering in person or virtually, let us honor each other even if we may not agree with each other. We are all doing the best we can, with the information that we have, to make the decisions we feel are best for ourselves and our families in these times. This isn’t to say to not participate in open debates and discussions over sensitive topics – but if you choose to do so, I encourage you to keep your emotions in check, listen to understand first, and speak with integrity. May your connection with friends and family still flourish this holiday season!
Maybe this holiday season, you choose to focus on connection with nature, divine, your children, or your self. The holidays come at a time of year when the old begins to bridge over to the new. May whatever you connect with this season help bridge over any stagnant, old patterns or habits or beliefs and assist with connecting you into a fresh new year.
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!
P.S. For a more in-depth look at how to support your immune system, check out my online course UNDEFEATED: Your Passport To A Powerful Immune System.
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.