Christmas is here already. How the year has flown by. So often, we find ourselves busy all year round and we crawl towards christmas just hoping for some 'timeout'. A time to relax at the beach, read a book and catch up with family and friends.
This is not always how the christmas holidays look though.
It can be more like rushing to the shops to buy a tonne of food to feed the 20 people coming over for dinner, battling the crowds and trying to find a parking, writing lists of things to do and gifts to buy, feeling anxious about how expensive this time of year can be and going from party to party seeing friends you haven't in a long time.
That doesn't sound too relaxing to me and is certainly not my ideal holiday.
Here are some things for you to keep in mind over the christmas holiday, to help keep you balanced and feeling relaxed.
- You don't need to say yes to everyone. It is ok to turn down some invitations and take time out instead.
- It is more than ok to eat your favourite christmas foods. Don't feel guilty about this, enjoy it and savour it. Make sure you are still eating some of the good stuff too - keep up with your water and your greens every day (your liver will love you for it!)
- Don't over do the snacking. Save room for the main meal by having a small, high protein snack before the party. This will also line your stomach if you're going to be drinking alcohol.
- Try not to mix different alcoholic drinks in one night. Pick one and stick to it. Make sure you're drinking water in between drinks too.
- Play around in the kitchen while you have the time and try out new, healthy recipes.
- Don't fall off the bandwagon with your SUPPLEMENTS. Your body probably needs them even more now. My recommendations? A great multivitamin, fish oil and a probiotic, as a minimum. It will make all the difference to your health.
- REST. Then rest some more. Sleep is so important and making sure we get enough sleep will stop us from feeling run down and burnt out. My advice to you would be to get to bed earlier, rather than sleep in later in the mornings. You will feel much more refreshed this way.
- Don't totally neglect your EXERCISE regime. You might not make it to all your usual yoga classes and that's fine, try doing a simple 20 minute home yoga class when you wake up instead. Get up and go for a walk with the family or play some games outside. Get up and get outside.
- Spend 10 minutes a day doing some breathing and MEDITATION. This is guaranteed to make you feel more calm and connected through this silly season. Try it, you won't regret it.
- The sun can be incredibly powerful at this time of year (in Australia at least). Be SUN SMART. It really isn't worth the tan, or the wrinkly damaged skin in years to come. Of course we still need our vitamin D and a dose of sandy feet and salty hair, the sea can be very cleansing, but be clever about it. Make sure you have suncream on and make sure it is a good one! Try to avoid the sun at high UV times, usually between 11am and 3pm.
- Stressed out about buying presents? Don't be! Give a more sentimental gift this year. Do something a little different for your loved ones. No doubt people will appreciate it more and remember it in years to come.
- No matter what, make sure you surround yourself with family, do the things you love and take some time out for yourself.
Plan to have a few drinks this silly season?
Why not? After all, it is a time for celebration!
Lets help our body out by giving it what it needs to detox and cleanse and keep us feeling like a rockstar all summer long.
Foods to support your LIVER:
- Lemon (lots and lots of lemon!)
- Leafy greens and vegetables (brussel sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, avocado)
- Grapefruits and other citrus fruits
- Bitter foods (Vinegar etc)
- Plenty of water
- Milk thistle
- Green tea
Foods to support your KIDNEYS:
- Berries - blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, any berries to load you up with antioxidants.
- Lots of water
- Good quality salt (in moderation)
Wishing you all a happy, safe holiday filled with love xx