The holiday season is such a magical time for so many reasons. I love being surrounded by sparkling lights, family members who I haven’t seen in a while, partaking in annual traditions and attending all the cookie swaps. The holiday season is also the time we see the temperatures drop, and flu season seems to spiral out of control. With odds like this, it may seem impossible to have a healthy holiday.
However, it can be done! Read on to discover how to have your very own happy and healthy holiday season!
Your body’s own immune system offers your biggest defense against the cold and flu germs you’re certain to meet this holiday season unless you pull an Ebeneezer Scrooge and lock yourself in your office (and even there, you are not fully safe from germs). We’ve all heard of Emergen-C and products such as that, but there are even better, 100% natural immune builders out there.
Try adding some Ashwagandha to your morning coffee or tea. A root found in Chinese medicine, Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, meaning it helps your body to overcome sudden changes. It is an immune-boosting super food that is a great addition to your diet any time of the year, but especially during the stressful holiday seasons.
Speaking of super foods, you can’t get much better than raw honey. Raw honey contains a full array of necessary vitamins and minerals. Adding teaspoon of honey to your tea is a great way to naturally sweeten and add a powerful vitamin/mineral infusion. Try to buy honey from your local area if possible. Why? If you suffer from seasonal allergies, consuming raw honey that comes from the same flower the bees pollinate will boost your immune power against these allergies.
Ginger is a must-add to your healthy holiday arsenal. Not only does raw ginger work amazingly to heal a sour stomach (whether from a tummy bug or just making too much merry the night before), it also boosts your own immune system, allowing you to care for an ailing loved one without getting sick as well.
Without a doubt, the holidays are among the busiest and most stressful times of the year. You might be saying, “Where on earth will I find time to exercise, let alone sleep through the night?” Just remember, though, if you aren’t taking care of yourself, you’re robbing your loved ones of the experience of enjoying their time with you when you are at your mental, physical, and emotional best.
Fitting exercise in can be a challenge. Luckily, there are solutions to keep you moving. Daily Burn is an app you can install on your phone, tablet, or TV. They have hundreds of gym-quality workout, many of which can be done in as little as 10 minutes. If you can’t fit in one long workout into your busy day, just fit in mini workouts instead.
It is possible to eat healthy, too. Nearly every holiday party host has learned to be sensitive of her guests with special dietary needs. When at parties, forget counting calories, but don’t forget which foods are beneficial for you. At the appetizer table, stick to foods like steamed shrimp cocktail (high in good fats), nuts and fruit.
And do try to get enough sleep. If sleeping through the night is a challenge find a time in your day when the kids are either out playing or are quiet to take a small nap for yourself. And listen to your body: never push it past the point of exhaustion. Sleep is crucial to having a healthy holiday season.
There aren’t words enough in the English language to stress to you the importance of good hygiene this time of year. Pretty much daily, you’re coming into closer contact with a larger group of people than you do any other time of the year.
Fall in love with your hand sanitizer. Carry a small bottle wherever you may go so that it is always handy. And please use it properly. According to the American Red Cross, hand sanitizer must be rubbed in thoroughly. Wiping it with your pants or a rag defeats the germ-killing effects. And remember, wash your hands. Wash them often, and wash them well. The Red Cross suggests singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” (silently, of course!) while you wash so that you are sure to scrub a full 20 seconds.
The holidays can be stressful, trying and, sadly, sometimes sickening. With a little preparation, your fabulous, healthy self can fly through this difficult time and enjoy all the wonders of the season without gaining weight or coming down with flu.