It is a rare occasion that I focus on what might seem like something negative but I want to address health ‘set-backs’ and how you can set yourself up to NOT experience them.
The holiday season is a prime time for many people to feel challenged or even completely lost to the point of just ‘throwing in the towel’ and taking a break from your health goals or being symptom free from your autoimmune disease.
I say this with the utmost compassion: DON’T DO IT!!
That momentarily joy of eating a brownie (or 2 or 3) or having several glasses of wine or eating an allergenic food, will never be worth the cost and symptoms you will feel later.
So how do we avoid the trip ups? How do we make sure we’re eating life giving foods during the holiday parties and still enjoy ourselves? We always have a choice about the foods we eat, the drinks we consume, how much sleep we get and how much stress we take into our body, mind and spirit.
Here are a few tips to support you along the way.
1) Plan ahead. This is SO important! If you know you’ll be going to a party or a work event or traveling, planning is critical. Ensuring you’ve either eaten some food before-hand or taking food to the party that you know will leave you feeling good, is one sure way to stay well. Bring food in the car with you on a long road trip or on the plane if you’re flying. Bring food to the party that you know is ‘safe’ and you’d like to share! Sharing our delicious life-giving food will leave your friends and family delighted! Find out ahead of time what food will be served. While this one is helpful not always a complete guarantee you’ll be ‘safe’. Anyone with a food sensitivity or food allergy knows that food made outside your own kitchen can be a risk. Planning is KEY!
2) Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is critical to ongoing good health all of the time but especially during the holidays when our schedules may be different, our stress level increases and we may be eating foods our body isn’t used to absorbing. Since our body is about 70% water, drinking water throughout the day is vitally important to maintain our health and feel well. Whether we’re in the kitchen baking cookies all day, cleaning the house in preparation for guests or attending a party, be sure to drink up …water, that is!
3) Get outside and move your body. Why wouldn’t I say this…I always recommend fresh air and moving our body! 🙂 Especially during the holidays, we tend to be a little more sendentary. Just like with food, planning ahead will support you in ensuring your body, mind and spirit gets the exercise, stretching and movement you need to be well and to have energy to do all you want to do during the holidays.
4) Breathe deeply. Deep cleansing breaths on a regular basis does wonders for relaxing your body and your mind. You can do this any time, any where! Just take a deep breath now. Deep from your diaphragm. Deep breath in…deep breath out. Doing this before you go to a party or get in the car to drive (or even while you’re driving). Cleansing your body with deep breaths will refresh, relax and energize you.
Enjoy the upcoming holidays!