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Do the holidays stress you out and jeopardize your health? Stop struggling and start relaxing! By controlling your cravings, exercising outdoors and taking time for mindful meditation, you’ll be able to enjoy the season instead of fretting about it.
Across all religions and cultures, the holidays are a joyful time to celebrate the togetherness of family and friends.
But all too often, the stress of holiday preparation and travel can suck your energy and make you feel lethargic and frustrated. Too much alcohol and rich food combined with too little time for exercise can lead to weight gain and illness.
Reclaim your energy and happiness this season by taking small, collective steps. We’ve gathered our best tips for you and your family so that the holidays can be a time of wellness and peace – and maybe even some relaxation!
So take a deep breath, and read on.
Ready to get off the “holiday rush” treadmill? Here are 13 tips to keep you feeling fit and healthy this holiday season:
Did you drink too much eggnog or eat too much sugar this holiday season?
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Sugar crashes are the enemy of holiday shopping! Avoid low energy and crankiness by sweetening your coffee or tea with Stevia instead of sugar.
Stevia is an amazing natural sweetener that comes from a plant and had virtually no calories. Our 2 ounce bottle of Stevia liquid concentrate is a perfect purse companion.
Use it at home to make a healthy dessert or take it on the run to sweeten your favorite beverages!
We know it’s hard to get outside when the temperature is below freezing. But you’re far more likely to keep up an exercise regimen if you’re having fun and enjoying the therapeutic effects of nature.
Bundle up and join a local walking group, and head for the mountains (or hills) for skiing and hiking. Don’t let the snow dissuade you! Did you know that snowshoeing burns upwards of 500 calories per hour?
Or, for a total-body workout that tones your mind as much as your abs, take a heated yoga class and pretend you’re on your own Caribbean island for an hour!
For a boost in serotonin (the “happiness” hormone), we love using our BioMat. It’s wonderful pad that you lie on – ideally while listening to relaxing music – that delivers vibration resonance deep into all tissues of the human body.
The BioMat combines far infrared technology and amethyst crystals and produces negative ions that increase the flow of oxygen to your brain. It has a positive effect on how serotonin is oxidized in your blood stream. Better than a large and more expensive sauna, the BioMat also helps with removal of toxins that interfere with brain health. Sweat out your stress!
More and more people are discovering the power of meditation, and there’s no better (and simpler) way to defeat negative feelings and behaviors.
Meditate especially before big gatherings or parties where they’ll be lots of social stimulation, food, and alcoholic beverages. You’ll center your mind and body and make thoughtful decisions instead of impulsive ones. Practicing mindfulness when surrounded by potential stressors (a nagging relative, for example) will calm you down and keep your emotions stabilized. Come up with encouraging mantras and repeat them to yourself in times of need.
Feeling rushed to mail all the holiday greeting cards? Worried about what to include in your annual family newsletter? Put down the pen.
Holiday season is stressful enough. Instead of sending hurried “season’s greetings” to your whole address book before Christmas, wait until you have time to write thoughtful, personalized cards and send them after New Years or for Valentine’s Day. People really appreciate handwritten messages, especially when they’re not expecting them!
We all make gift shopping lists, but too many people forget about taking care of themselves.
Don’t let your wonderful eating habits go by the wayside during busy holiday season. Make a grocery list with healthy staples such as dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, chard); nutritious and weight optimizing Body Ecology grain-like seeds (quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat); and proteins such as wild-caught salmon, which has omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin D. Then buy flavor-boosters such as garlic, onion and ginger for fast and delicious meals.
Carry healthy snacks with you at all times to avoid blood sugar crashes. You don’t want to be stuck in a crowded mall with processed food as your only option! Great options include soaked almonds sprinkled with Herbamare (a delicious blend of sea salt and organic herbs) and water mixed with two scoops of Vitality SuperGreen.
OK, let’s face it, during the holiday season many things go out the window due to lack of time. Maybe this year it’s your healthy eating habits. But you know what? One of the easiest things you can do to maintain healthy nutrition is to drink a green powder drink first thing in the morning. This gives your body a hydrating, alkaline boost that can be just the help you need if the rest of the day is spent at the office holiday party buffet.
Starting your mornings with a drink can help sustain your energy all day long. Vitality SuperGreen is an excellent source of complete, easily assimilated protein, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, lignans, essential fatty acids, nucleic acids, and beneficial microflora.
This is the ultimate “green drink” for people who want to help strengthen their immunity and create long-lasting vitality.
At the heart of the Body Ecology Diet is fermented food and drinks. Why? Because they work!
Surely you’ve seen all the probiotic supplements and product claims out there now. But the best way to help heal your digestive health, lose weight and feel better is to ferment your own food. The holidays are a great time to host a “fermenting party,” where you and your friends can make different batches of cultured vegetables to use throughout the next several months.
Don’t have time to ferment your own? We understand things get hectic, which is why we designed ideal probiotic liquids for easy, on-the-go convenience.
Fragrant lavender oil is an amazing way to naturally eliminate stress, improve your skin, and strengthen your immune system. Lavender aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years, and can enhance your mood and quality of sleep.
Add 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil to your bath for relaxation and soft skin, or add 2 drops of it to an unrefined almond oil for a wonderful skin salve that calms the mind.
We love the Emotional Freedom Technique, created by Gary Craig, because it clears away negative energy and relives you of pain, addictions, and emotional issues. It’s like a needle-free version of acupuncture!
It’s easy to feel pulled in a million directions this time of year, and it’s natural to want to help out and participate in as much holiday cheer as possible.
But when your plate is too full and your responsibilities become overwhelming, just say “no.” It’s better to be honest and upfront about what you can handle than to suffer through stress and resentment.
After all, the holidays should be a time of appreciation, reflection and hopefulness!
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