4 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season!

4 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season!

Buongiorno tutti!

Holiday season is in full swing now!  This is a definitely an exciting and happy time of year, but the holidays can also bring up a lot of emotions for many people — and just maybe some stresses as well!

One thing that can feel out of our control during the holiday season is our health.  As always, I’m referring to health on all levels— mental, emotional, and physical.  Today I have a post for you all outlining a few things that I like to do for mind, body, and soul balance in a period of the year that has the potential to knock everything out of whack.

Perhaps you are starting some kind of detox as we speak, following some Thanksgiving indulgences in the past few days. #same.  Look no further! Here are my four tips to get you (and myself!) back on track and stay there for the rest of the season!

1. Start your day with some warm water and lemon

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The importance of this one simple practice cannot be overstated.  I dedicated a whole post about a year ago to the many benefits of drinking hot water with lemon each morning, but I am happy to reiterate here because I believe in it so much! Around the holidays, I’ll often have several cups of warm water with lemon to help digest all the big meals.

In our overall health goal to reach a more alkaline pH level, lemon juice is an amazing way to get a quick and easy alkaline boost! Warm water is very cleansing and easy to process, and mixed with the juice of half a lemon, provides the all natural detox your body needs every morning to prepare for the day.  Taking in an alkaline source first thing in the morning also lays the groundwork in your digestive tract for the rest of the day.

I recommend giving it a go for a week and evaluating the benefits for yourself! 🙂

2. Add some kind of relaxing practice to your daily routine such as…

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Don’t sweat it if you can’t pull out one of these… 😀

meditation or yoga.  And I don’t mean you need to commit to an hour of meditating or a whole yoga class every day.  Lately I have been doing a couple downward facing dog poses and other simple stretches in the morning and I’m feeling like it helps balance me before the day even begins.

Another idea is just sitting and breathing for a moment — no screens of any kind allowed!

It’s also nice to have a routine to count on — something to always fall back on to return to a state of balance.

3. Incorporate more raw fruits and vegetables

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my personal favorite 🙂

 

Another easy way to offset an “unhealthy” or heavy meal is to eat more raw fruits and vegetables prior.  Eating these alkaline foods eases digestion tremendously by providing a bunch of healthy fiber before tackling the digestion of a big meal. Even just a few sticks of celery can make a difference.

4. Get outside a little bit each day

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This may sound like a cliché suggestion, but being outside and breathing fresh air is extremely beneficial on all levels.  Whether that’s a workout outside, or just a short walk, I strongly believe that nature has a way of resetting us.  Getting fresh oxygen into our lungs has countless benefits, but beyond just physically, getting outdoors can re-center your emotional body as well.  Whenever I’m frustrated or stressed (which can happen over the holidays…) I just go outside for a walk and some deep breaths.


Let me know what you guys think about my suggestions and any other things that you like to do to make it through the season nice and balanced. 🙂

A presto!

Amanda xoxo

 

48 Comments

  1. November 29, 2016 / 8:53 am

    Great suggestions! I’m glad you posted this. It’s very important to stay healthy this time of year 👍🏻

    • November 29, 2016 / 8:56 am

      Thank you! Yeah, I figured we are all on the same wavelength ahah 🙂

  2. November 29, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    This is such a cute post! I myself just finished a little power walk on the Tred mill (my thanksgiving chub isn’t ready for a full jog HA) I’m definitely going to try these! Thank you for sharing these suggestions! 🙂

    • November 29, 2016 / 7:14 pm

      hahaha I feel you on the thanksgiving chub! thank you! I appreciate the feedback 🙂

  3. November 29, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    I used to do hot water and ginger. It was great. I really need to get back to that.

    • November 29, 2016 / 11:30 pm

      Yeah ginger tea is awesome! I’ll do slices of raw ginger and steep them in hot water for like 5 minutes. So great and cleansing!

      • November 29, 2016 / 11:32 pm

        That’s exactly what I used to do. I felt great.

      • November 29, 2016 / 11:58 pm

        That’s an awesome go-to. I forget too, and it’s so easy to make.

      • November 29, 2016 / 11:59 pm

        So easy! I forgot about it too until I read your post 🙂

      • November 30, 2016 / 12:00 am

        😊😊 it’s a sign to start back up again! 😉

      • November 30, 2016 / 1:15 am

        You’re right!!

  4. November 29, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    I love this! You give great advice, and I will definitely try the hot water with lemon. 🙂

      • December 13, 2016 / 7:36 pm

        It’s very good! Thank you for the advice 🙂

  5. November 29, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Great post!! Well written!! I can’t agree more 🙂 I like you said “balanced” that is the key word for everything I believe.

    • November 29, 2016 / 11:31 pm

      Oh thank you! Yes, that’s what it always comes back to in my mind 🙂

  6. November 30, 2016 / 3:30 pm

    Thank you for these tips. I have hot water with lemon some mornings and I would like to try the slices of ginger and hot water. Thank you for sharing.

    • November 30, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 The ginger is really great too, but for later in the day, in my opinion 🙂

      • November 30, 2016 / 3:49 pm

        Ok – noted!

  7. December 1, 2016 / 2:22 am

    Great suggestions! Simple things but it’s so easy to neglect ourselves when we get busy. I love that these are things anyone can do as they don’t take much time or expense 😊

    • December 1, 2016 / 5:45 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 That was my goal — just some easily accessible tools to keep in your tool box 🙂

  8. December 1, 2016 / 10:21 am

    Thank you for the advice! 🙂 I’m normally a tea drinker in the morning, but I will definitely be giving water with lemon a try now!

    • December 1, 2016 / 5:44 pm

      Yeah! let me know how it works for you! It’s the best! I think you’ll feel some benefits right away 🙂

  9. December 1, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    Thank you for your tips! I didn’t know the benefits of drinking hot water with lemon! I love yoga especially the headstand, afterwards you have the energie of a 10 year old. It’s amazing 😀

    • December 1, 2016 / 3:06 pm

      Yes! Those are two of my favorite quick, pick me ups! 😊 Thank you! ❤️

  10. December 1, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    Thank you for posting! This was just what I needed!

    • December 2, 2016 / 10:13 am

      Yeah I feel you, sometimes it’s tough in the morning rushing around 🙂

  11. December 2, 2016 / 10:18 am

    This was a great post! I’ll definitely have to add hot water and lemon to my morning routine.

  12. December 3, 2016 / 3:30 am

    I’m definetly going to exercixe during the holiday season and try my best to drink as mich water as I can ! Thank for the suggestions girl 😘

  13. December 3, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    This is so motivational and is filled with fab ideas to improve our health – thanks! 😆x
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  14. fitwiti6
    December 6, 2016 / 11:01 am

    Loved the lemon an water suggestion. I’ll give it a try!

    • December 6, 2016 / 11:04 am

      Yes! It’s a game changer!! Let me know how it works out for you 🙂

  15. December 6, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    Agree with every single tip! May have to give hot water and lemon a try; it sounds very appealing and relaxing to drink before bedtime too!

    • December 6, 2016 / 5:56 pm

      Thank you 🙂 and yes! You will love it, and feel the benefits right away!

  16. December 11, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Great tips! I agree with all of them, although I need to be better about drinking warm lemon water regularly. That and meditating XD

  17. December 16, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    A most convincing advice to me, since it’s just (or almost) the same that my late sister gave me all the time 🙂
    Thanks for recalling her to me this way, even from afar.
    I migliori auguri!

    • December 16, 2016 / 6:42 pm

      What a lovely compliment! So happy to have brought you a happy thought! Thank you 😊

  18. December 16, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    You’re most welcome. And thanks again for your response 🙂

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