By Dr Carissa Doherty ND
1. Enjoy some alternative treats. Did you know that we put on an average of one pound over the holidays from inflammatory foods that we never lose? Instead of shortbread, gingerbread and hot chocolate, try cashew butter on dates and hot apple cider with cinnamon.
2. Take some “me” time. The holiday season can be quite stressful and has a big impact on our bodies cortisol levels. Aim to take 15 minute “re-charge” break every day. This could include some quiet time with a book, meditation or a quick cat nap. Doing so will help restore our cortisol to normal levels.
3. Do some physical activity. The combination of the unhealthy eating and high stress levels will also have an impact on our body’s metabolism. You can keep your body’s systems in good working order with a 20-30 minute block of exercise every day. Try low-stress activities like yoga or a walk around the block at night enjoying the holiday light displays.
Happy and healthy holidays!
These tips are intended for informational purposes only, they don’t substitute any medical advice. If you have any health condition or concern, please contact your health care practitioner.