Whew! Can you guys believe its already DECEMBER 4th?!?! I feel like things are shifting up to top speed already.
Welcome to the crazy holiday season: traveling, cooking, cleaning, hosting, wondering what the f@#$ happened to your healthy habits. butter! candy! cheese and crackers!! people you can’t really stand but have to play nice with! traveling!
If there’s any time of the year where you need some extra energy and grace, it’s definitely now. Not to mention you want to look your best, glowy, vibrant self when you’re heading out to 3495069 dinners, holiday parties, family reunions etc. So, here’s 5 tips to keep it healthy during the festivities.
- start every day with warm lemon water and green smoothie. This simple habit is especially great during the holidays because it kicks sugar cravings and boosts the liver. You’re getting your greens in FIRST THING which is promoting healthy, clear skin and resetting your palate. Add in hemp, chia, or flax for a nice omega boost which helps keep you full longer (so that later you won’t be rummaging through that box of candy your neighbor gave you). This recipe is nice and creamy. Not a fan of green smoothies? Try a turmeric carrot smoothie for similar anti-inflammatory, detoxifying properties.
- practice meditation daily. Even if it’s just 5 minutes! Taking that time for yourself to ground down, breathe, and stop the constant flow of thinking what you need to do next. This is ESSENTIAL any time of year, but especially when you have a to-do list with no end. I like to meditate 5-15 minutes right when I wake up to start with a calm, clean slate + right before I go to bed, to let go of whatever happened/didn’t happen that day. You don’t have to be sitting, either- sometimes I do this when I take a shower, especially at night. I like to visualize the water taking my stress, worries, and attachments + rinsing them right down the drain like mud. If you need a little help meditating, I highly recommend the app Headspace.
- chlorophyll. These little green drops are magic, especially when you’re lacking in sleep and/or drinking alcohol. You just add a few drops to water and they boost liver function, support detox + are intensely alkaline. That extra alkalinity will help balance out any acidity you may have from coffee, less-than-ideal foods, and stress. Chlorophyll also increases energy, immunity + oxygenates skin to support that glow. Of course, whole plant greens are better than extracts, but when you’re traveling or just need an extra boost, the drops are amazing. You should be able to find these at any health food store, but here’s a link just in case.
- digestive bitters. It’s all too easy to over indulge during the holidays, even if you normally eat healthy. Keeping a bottle of digestive bitters in your purse is an easy way to help. You can take them after eating if you overdid it to soothe a too full, bloated, or gassy tummy. You can also take them before eating to stimulate your digestion and reduce cravings (even do a dropper full right into your cocktail!). Bitters are super supportive for your liver + keep skin glowing and clear. I like these from Urban Moonshine + they have a tiny spray bottle version too which can tuck into even the smallest bag.
- meal prep. INVEST IN YOURSELF by prepping a breakfast/lunch the night before so you don’t even have to think about what to eat when things get crazy during the day. That way, no matter what, you will be eating healthy. Prep some of Loni Jane’s burcha the night before and keep it in jars in the fridge to grab and go. Make a big batch of quinoa and chickpeas and a dressing or two. Roast a big sheet pan of veggies and pick up some fresh salad greens. Now you have everything you need to make a buddha bowl for lunch- just mix and match. If you’re really exhausted, bring your own container to a salad bar like at Whole Foods and get your own healthy takeout. No excuse to eat like crap, no matter how busy you are. There’s always a better way + you deserve better.
Make your self care a priority this holiday season so that you look + feel your best. I’m sure you guys have some tried and true tricks yourself for keeping it healthy in a hectic time- if so, comment below! I’d love to hear them.