Healthy Tips for Holiday Wellness
Please allow me to introduce myself - I'm Chelsey Allen, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and guest blogger at Caveman Grocer in Whistler, BC. I will be guiding you through a series of posts related to a clean routine, healthy living, conscious eating and paleo diet inspiration.
This time of year, the holiday hustle can leave us deflated and burnt out...when truly, we should be feeling merry and joyful!
Nourishing our bodies is integral to keeping spirits bright. But our healthy routine can get dismantled by holiday parties, Christmas shopping stress, family gatherings and indulgent feasts. Don we now our stretchy yoga apparel.
Here are a few healthy ways to stay on track this holiday season:
Map out your weekly meals in advance. When it comes to healthy fuel over the holidays, it's not always easy to plan ahead. Setting aside an afternoon for batch-cooking and freezing, or using a service that supplies healthy ready-made paleo meals for you (like these guys!) will lift a tremendous weight off your shoulders. Even if we overdo it on the shortbread or miss a gym session, we can take solace in the fact that at least one meal of the day will be brimming with nutrients (and help keep us full).
Focus on fresh. Although many of our beloved local fruits and veggies aren't in season, we're fortunate to have access to fresh, organic produce all year-round. Adding plant nutrients to soups, smoothies and stews is a terrific way to enhance our daily vitamin and mineral intake. My favourite plant foods include dark leafy greens, cucumber and avocado.
Be flexible. Not every holiday party will offer a platter of raw kale chips, coconut hemp nog and grain-free, grass-fed sausage rolls. We can't be too hard on ourselves, but we can also channel the power of will and respectfully decline that extra cranberry cocktail. We know the holiday hustle can boost the urge to overindulge, and it too shall pass.
Increase healthy sources of protein and fat. Most sweet holiday treats and beverages are laden with refined sugars, which fluctuates our blood sugar, suppresses immunity and contributes to fatigue and weight gain. Increasing our consumption of clean protein and fats will help offset pangs of 'hanger' and balance blood sugar levels. Optimal sources of protein and healthy fats include grass-fed meats and poultry, unrefined coconut oil, legumes, raw nuts, seeds and avocado.
Prioritize your well-being. By staying active, nourished and centered over the holidays, we'll be far better equipped to handle the festive frenzy. As your social calendar fills up, keep a daily window of time open for your health and sanity - whether it be 15 minutes upon rising, a lunch workout or bedtime unwind ritual.
Meditate on gratitude. The holiday season can be a time of reflection, particularly on what we're most thankful for. Not only does this help remind us of what matters most in our lives, but it also serves to de-clutter mental space, relieve tension and release negative thoughts and emotions.
Warm wishes for a happy, healthy holiday!
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