Healthy Tips for the Holiday Season
‘Tis the season to be merry and glee, but it’s also a time when we may gain a few unwanted pounds; eating more dessert than normal, not exercising like we used to and drinking a few alcoholic or sugary drinks. It’s a different holiday this year, living within the restriction of a health pandemic and many people have talked about the challenges they have faced maintaining good eating habits while staying at home without the usual social events to attend or classes to sweat in.
My personal challenge this year has been moving part of my practice within the confines of my living room and with that comes a big adjustment to working and existing in a small space.
Keeping up with my own good eating habits hasn’t always been easy, I have seen some amazing feats of cooking and baking on social media platforms lately, but I have not been inspired to add a lot of that into the mix of the chaos I live in. Now on the other side of things our eating habits have taken into account the local restaurants in our neighbourhood that we have been trying to support a few times a week with take out…more than our usual, but worth it if we can do our part to keep them open.
Let’s talk about ways you can still celebrate and have a great end of this year.
I have been thinking about my own personal goals for this holiday season and although I can’t see friends and family in person to share good food and laughter, I hope I can offer some simple ways you can still enjoy the best of the holiday season, nourishing your body, mind and soul. So as many of you know I like to take a holistic approach to health and wellness…that means I am going to look at many aspects of life that nourish and feed us, not just food.
Taking a detour away from food, let’s start with something really important for many people right now, setting up a space that nurtures and supports you (this has been one that we’ve been working on and there is nothing better than a space that is comfortable and clear of clutter).
Set up a nurturing space:
Let’s talk about setting you up for success with your meals this holiday season. Whether you are cooking traditional foods or trying something new, making good food choices can be the difference between feeling nourished and energized or feeling tired, bloated and ready for a nap. Feeling bloated? Here are a couple of tips to help!
Don’t make things complicated, but try to add some variety to the meals you make. Improve upon recipes you know how to make or try a new recipe such as a Warm Winter Kale Salad!. Include colour in your dishes – red/orange (beets, carrots, yams, pomegranate, cherries, pumpkin, sweet potato, oranges, raspberries, kidney beans, lentils), green (broccoli, peas, beans, asparagus, kale, brussel sprouts, lentils), white (cauliflower, turnip, lima beans, rutabaga, white sesame seeds), blue/purple-black (black beans, figs, blueberries, blackberries, plums, eggplant, black sesame seeds).
**The BONUS of eating a lot of the foods I listed above is they are all packed with tons of nutrients and lots of fibre!
Create a simple meal plan to follow this holiday:
So you set up a comfortable and supportive space, you have been eating well and following good sleeping habits, but what about your mental health? Let’s take some time to tap into a deeper part of you, the part that is artistic or creative (yes we all have a little creative bug in us). Exploring our imagination or creativity can help take our mind off of some of the challenges we all face, especially right now. Art therapy is one of the ways to help relax the mind and nourish the soul.
Here are some more ways to support your mental health
Create a calm state of being:
Cindy loves to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, but always tries to find a little bit of down time to do her own self care.