Christmas - Holiday Time
What do the holidays mean to you?
Time with family and friends, Christmas trees, decorations, lights, markets, parties, gifting and overindulging with food and drinks.
Well to most this might be the case or for others, it's the opposite. It's a hard time; filled with unwanted gatherings with those family and friends. Spending money we might not have on gifts that are overpriced and not necessary. It is a time that is unfulfilling and to be honest better forgotten or so one might feel.
HOW DO YOU COPE DURING THE HOLIDAYS?
I have a few tips of how I am doing Christmas different this year to install my beliefs and changes I have made in my life.
Side note, a couple of months ago I was diagnosed with SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). I made a conscious decision to start my health plan during the holidays. I knew it would not be easy but why not make a commitment to myself to nourish my body back to health, when all I would typically do is make it hurt with foods and drinks I couldn't eat. I do understand that most people might not have this but trying to install a healthy eating pattern and not lose yourself among the sweet treats, mulled wine, and eggnog is essential to keeping a clear mind. As you can tell these, are my weaknesses ;).
When I found out that I had SIBO, I didn't want to inconvenience others. I hate being that person, putting my needs before others or having them make alternatives is just not ok (in my mind). This year I'm doing it differently. I'm going to be that person who steps up and makes family dinners "harder" or "more difficult" because I want to get better. I want to heal my body and by doing so ease my mind. Bring it on 2017! Andria is coming to town ;)
Body and Mind
HERE ARE SOME LITTLE HELPERS FOR OVER THE HOLIDAYS
Food, find a meal plan that works for you and try your best to stick with it. You may have something already in place because as much we wish we could eat whatever we want whenever we want but that isn't realistic. You don't need to have any food sensitivities or allergies to create awareness to yummy, nourishing food. Here are a few recipes I use to get those creative juices flowing.
If you like to collect cookbooks like me you might like these Food52 and My New Roots. Both those websites also have a great source of recipes there too. Have fun in the kitchen get creative. Take your favourite grandma's, mom's, dad's, or whoever's recipes you like and transform them into something with a new twist, your twist. You may even convert your family members :)
Exercise, just like anything you eat keeping up with a workout, winter sports, or perhaps just going for a walks/ hikes. Do something to keep your body going. If you are feeling stuck at home or need a good workout video to get you started; I follow Booty by Mich for easy exercise tips to do on those mornings or days I don't want to leave home. She has a lot of great tips to getting your body going.
For those days I do leave the house, I have sweet, sweet Yoga. The nourishment of both body and soul. Yoga does go hand in hand with exercise, but I treat it more as a meditation. I recently signed up for a fantastic deal at Bohdi Studios 28$ for two weeks! What a steal, right?! I know that yoga is not for everyone but doing some mindful meditation can help you reconnect with yourself. I might sound like a broken record, but one thing that always creates mindfulness is going for a walk in nature. Seriously, allows one to reset and connect (cue in cheesy 80's advertisement music).
Mini solo dance parties at home. Nothing feels more freeing to me then letting my inner dancer out. I'm a self-proclaimed trained dancer. I dance from the heart and just let the music move my body. Try putting your favourite song on and see where it takes you. If you need some inspiration to get that soul jiving, this is my go to
Regardless where ever you are, take a day for yourself. Be honest with yourself and your family members. Put up healthy boundaries. Listen to your needs. Most of all do the things that make you happy, whatever your happiness means.
Have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. See you all in 2017!