Holiday Survival Tips
It’s that wonderful time of year again, full of festive parties and gatherings. As much as we all enjoy attending and hosting these joyous events, it can be quite challenging to manage. To make the most of this year’s holiday party season, here are some helpful tips:
THE 1-1 HYDRATION RULE
During the winter months alone, much less during the holidays, it is important that we maintain hydration levels. (2L-3L daily is recommended).
When the body is adequately hydrated it is full of energy and functions optimally.
Start the day with a large glass of room temperature water (with fresh squeezed lemon if available).
Be sure to drink room temperature water throughout the day. Avoid sugary beverages with rich toppings such as marshmallows, liquors and syrups.
The 1-1 Hydration Rule:
Drink a large glass of water to every other drink consumed (coffee, alcohol, wine, beer)
Always start and finish the day with a large glass of water.
Who can resist homemade treats prepared with love and care?
Absolutely have a slice of grandma’s apple pie. That pie contains more love than it does sugar.
The key to surviving the holidays without gaining the “holiday weight” is to selectively indulge. YES to grandma’s home-baked goodness, NO to the snowman cookies a colleague brought in from the local coffee shop.
HOW TO NURSE THE SUGAR & ALCOHOL HANGOVER
We can all get a little carried away with rich food and drink, no matter how good our intentions.
What to do when the hangover hits:
1. Drink room temperature water, followed by herbal tea, followed by more water. Avoid icy cold beverages. Hydrate throughout the day.
2. For breakfast prepare or purchase a fresh juice containing a large amount of greens and a small amount of fruit to sweeten. A banana or oats or a small baked potato are great food choices for first meal. The minerals and carbs will help to detoxify and restore balance to the cells.
3. Keep food for the day, light. Simple soups, fresh salads, fruit, brown rice with steamed veggies, are all excellent options.
PLAN TO REST
Sleep is often what suffers most when we are busy with social engagements.
Here are some practices that will make a positive difference in the quality of your sleep:
1. Excuse yourself from the party early. An hour after dinner is served, it is acceptable to politely thank the host and leave.
2. Upon arrival at home after the event, drink a large glass of water.
3. Turn OFF white screens (television, computer, cell phones) at minimum 20-30 minutes before bed.
Above all, it is essential to remember that the holidays are a time to share joy, gratitude and love. Free yourself from stress and enjoy this wonderful time of year.
Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!
Jennifer Nicol, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Yoga Instructor.
Since her graduation in May 2013, Jennifer has been helping clients improve their health through diet and yoga. She loves to show clients how to create delicious meals from whole food sources that pack a nutritional punch!
Her recipes and articles have been published in wellness magazines as well as a popular vegan fitness book, Shred It!, by Author Robert Cheeke
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