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10 Steps to a Healthier Holiday Season

Episode 11: Blooming! A Healthy Home by Design

In today’s episode we will talk about 10 simples steps that will help you have a healthier December!  There are so many parties, events, functions for work or family that it’s just so easy to be in that mode of go go go, that we can start to get run down, or stressed out, or even sick because of how much we are trying to do this month!  So this is going to be a great episode because these are super easy simple things that can make a big impact for you. And when you feel good…people can tell - you send off good vibes and that’s contagious!  So let’s learn how to keep ourselves from getting burned out so we can enjoy the season and make tons of wonderful memories with all the people we love most!  So let’s grow! 

Hey so welcome!  I’m so glad you tuned in today!  Because Wow it’s already Mid-December here in San Diego!  And I’ve just been doing a kitchen remodel so I only just started decorating this weekend and my kids have also just come home from college!  I think they were a little disappointed i didn’t have everything set up, since I normally get started decorating right after Thanksgiving.  But that’s ok - it is what it is and now that my kitchen is functional, i was finally able to start decorating yesterday.  And the kids were able to help! So Yay!  And I hope you are having a great December so far.   If you are starting to feel the pressure of not being ready onetime, here’s some simple things you can do that will help you feel your best.  So let’s get into it.  

1. Start your morning green! You may start your day with coffee and I’m not suggesting you have that up, but maybe consider starting your morning with a green juice.  Are you scrunching your face right now?  Ok if green isn’t your thing, I won’t pressure you, I would say try any fresh squeezed juice if you can BUT if you can make it green you are doing your body some serious good.   And if you’ve never tried green juice, you are in for a treat because they never taste like what you think.  All it takes is one apple to  sweeten up the whole glass and you’ll be having so many vitamins and nutrients that will help your body continue to detox, before it starts having to work on digestion.  The absolute best is celery juice in the morning and if you haven’t tried it - I would say don’t knock it.  Sounds awful and I won’t lie, it takes some major getting used to.  But I’ve been doing it for 11 months and it’s amazing.  Check out Medical or @medical medium on instagram to learn about all the benefits and to see hundreds of testimonials of people who have healed their auto immune diseases and all sorts of chronic conditions through the power of celery juice.  You are supposed to have 16 ounces in the morning on an empty stomach - that’s a whole head of organic celery -   Wait 30 minutes then have your coffee.    Any green juice, but particularly celery juice gives your immune system a boost which may be just what you need to keep those cold symptoms from coming your way.  Who wants to get sick when you have so much fun planned anyway? 

2. Breathe - If you aren’t sure about this one, take a moment to become aware of your breath right now.  Take a 3 second breath in, hold your breath for 3 seconds and then breath out.  Do this 3 times.  This simple breathing technique helps to relieve stress.  And the best part is that you can literally do it anywhere.  In your car, in your room, when you are cooking, on your computer, wherever!  And if you can carve out 10 minutes of your morning routine to meditate, and what i mean by that is to simply close your eyes and try to clear your mind of all your thoughts.  It’s really hard to do actually, so you can listen to apps like CALM  or I like to listen to listen to Oprah and Deepak Meditations.  They are amazing and have really helped me through some hard times when I was really anxious about moving a lot and having teenagers.  Anyhow, I never really had listed to Oprah before but what she says in these meditations for me at least has been so profound and I love her - she’s so awesome - she has such a caring energy and she has made me more aware of how reactive I can be sometimes and how I need to be more intentional and that through my actions I can create the life I want to have rather than simply react to others all the time.  I can go on and on about this so I’ll simply say go check that out because they are awesome.  I’ve been doing this for about 4 years now, I wake up 30 min early and put my headphones on and listen to one of their meditations and I wake up energized and feel full of positivity it’s just been a really great morning routine for me.   

3. Hydrate - Or bodies are made up of about 60% water and our blood gets thicker when we aren’t hydrated enough.  Imagine a pond that has water trickling into it and out of it, it stays cleaner and looks fresh.  But if that water supply stops it won’t be long before the pond starts to look murky and bacteria can start to grow.  The same goes in your body!  So hydrating is an important step to keep that blood flowing, your energy levels higher, your immune system running smoothly, AND if you have a glass of water 30 minutes before each meal you will likely eat less.  So that’s a bonus if you are worried about eating to much when you are out. speaking of which 

4. Have an apple before going out to eat - ’m going to read this excerpt from medical mediums blog about apples: "Apples are a crunchy, sweet, and satisfying snack that have immune boosting and disease preventing properties. They are a highly alkaline fruit that have the ability to quench both an immediate and cellular-level thirst. Apples are also an amazing detoxifier and contain both malic and tartaric acids that help remove impurities from the liver and gallbladder. Eating two apples or more a day can aid in the prevention of colon, liver, breast, prostate, and lung cancer and can also dramatically decrease the risk of a stroke. Apples are a critical food for the liver and have many undiscovered properties that support liver health. To find out more, check out the book, Liver Rescue. Apples are especially rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants. They have been shown to be beneficial for neuro-degenerative problems such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well as for bronchial problems such as asthma.“ I think that’s pretty amazing!  So you are healing your body, having a delicious snack, and curbing your appetite before a big function all at once with a yummy apple! 

5. Make colors the star on your plate - whether you are at home or out, if you are trying to eat healthier.  One easy trick is to start by grabbing a smaller plate and then filling it with colorful foods first.  Making the veggies and nutrient dense foods the star on your plate. Eat some of those first and then eat any of the other foods you like.  When you start with the healthy good food, you likely eat less of the snacks and high calorie or high fat foods and you won’t feel like you are depriving yourself! 

6. Make it Merry - What i mean by that is Be social / don’t stand near the food table, go mingle!  I always seem to stand by the food table, it’s a bad habit and then I wonder why I feel as if I’ve eaten too much!  So grab some food and then go sit or stand in the other room and I promise you will eat less!   

7. Slow it down - don’t eat too fast and have sparkling water in between drinks.  If you are like me, I don’t drink that often, but when I do man those drinks can go down fast when I’m having fun with friends, so in order to pace myself and not get wasted or have a hangover the next day - it’s a good idea to alternate with a non-alcoholic drink in between.  

8. Plan for a splurge day and a reset day  - So it’s difficult to be on a restrictive diet over the Holidays.  Who wants to feel left out and deprived all the time?  And even if you don’t feel that way, who wants to really count calories? So give yourself permission to cheat or not worry. Whatever you want to call it, just relax and enjoy the day.  The next day you can do a reset.  Have your green juice in the morning, a smoothie for lunch and a salad for dinner and you are golden!   If you have 2 splurge days in a row, then maybe just do 2 reset days in a row. Whatever you do don’t stress about it, just take steps to reset your body after the splurge and you’ll feel great.  

9. Play games - Have fun with your family and kids.  Schedule family fun time or family game nights so you enjoy each  other when the kids are off from school!  We sometimes forget to do this unless we are on vacation somewhere and now that my kids are older they don’t want to go anywhere because their friends will be home for Christmas and they want to see them - so I need to remember to schedule some family fun time with them. 

10. Last but not least, Remember to Rest up, give yourself some self care and self love.  If you exercise, keep doing that. If you don’t, then that’s ok, maybe try to go for a walk after dinner or in the morning.  Try to go to bed early so you get a good nights sleep. Take a bath.  Light some candles and read a book.  Do something to wind down so you can take those deep breaths and feel good.   When you are calm and relaxed you have good energy around you and that peace emanates to the ones around you too!  

OK well so I hope you found these tips helpful!  Just to re-cap let’s go over the list.  

#1 - Start your morning green

#2 - Breathe

#3 - Hydrate

#4 - Have an apple before you go out to eat

#5 - Make colors the star on your plate 

#6 - Don’t stand near the food table - be social 

#7 - Slow it down - alternate drinks w/ water 

#8 - plan for a splurge day and a reset day 

#9 - Play games with your family 

#10 Rest up - Self care 

So Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanza!  Wishing you lots of joy and laughter for however you celebrate this Holiday Season!   I’ll post these tips in the show notes on my blog which you can get to at click on blog and you’ll see them there!  Thanks so much for listening! Have a great week!

If you enjoyed this blog post, check out the episode on reducing Holiday Stress!

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