It’s that time of the year: good food, lots of fun and festive family gatherings everywhere we turn. Many don’t prioritize meat and veggies during meal time which means we snack more on high calorie foods that may not exactly come from nature. Regardless, it is a time for celebration and eating yummy seasonal foods is a big part of our yearly celebration. I hope you enjoy these healthy tips from some of Sunlighten’s partners! I have to say, they have some great advice on how to keep happy and healthy year-round.
Tips to Stay Healthy During the Holidays
Tip Number 1:
EAT BREAKFAST or have a protein shake! JJ Virgin is a New York Times best-selling author, mother and thought leader who is notorious for challenging what we’ve been taught about having a healthy lifestyle. Her number one holiday tip is to eat breakfast or have a protein shake. Overeating is easy if you are running on empty, so don’t starve yourself before a big holiday meal – it won’t end well!
Tip Number 2:
Exercise! Make time for a workout. Ari Whitten is a Sunlighten Partner and a fat-loss and nutrition expert who teaches people to work with their biology instead of against it. According to him, exercise promotes weight loss and balances the hormones which control your appetite and make you feel happy.
Tip Number 3:
Eat healthy chocolates! Dave Asprey, the founder of BulletProof believes in the power of re-engineering your mind and body so they work in unison. He so says to bring healthy chocolates wherever you go so you can have them ready at dessert time and curve cravings. You can read about his awesome chocolates here.
Tip Number 4:
Take a detox bath! Christa Orecchio is a clinical and holistic nutritionist who supports people in healing through food through her organization The Whole Journey. Here she provides information on her three favorite baths which help her relax and stay healthy during the holidays. Remember to re-hydrate after the bath and you will be on the right track!
Tip Number 5:
Don’t hate, meditate! The holidays can be stressful and our partner, Gabby Bernstein, highly recommends taking time for you to meditate or read a good book. It’s not enough to exercise and eat healthy – you have to make time to keep your mind healthy and your emotions in check!
Gabby Bernstein jokingly calls herself a “spirit junky” and is the founder of Miracle Membership which supports people in staying on track with their spiritual goals.
Tip Number 6:
Engage in random acts of kindness! Lauren Geertsen, the founder of Empowered Sustenance, encourages everyone to do something nice for your coworkers, neighbors and family. For example, bake up some paleo pumpkin brownies and give them to those around you! A little holiday cheer goes a long way!
The holidays don’t have to be calorie-ridden with marathons of stress – as our partners so eloquently put it, having a holistic approach to health is very important. Getting enough sleep, keeping your mind and body balanced, exercising and meal planning are all a part of having a successful holiday season without having to purchase a slightly bigger pair of pants for the New Year!
If you are having a hard time de-stressing, do yourself and your family a favor by taking time to relax in a Sunlighten Sauna. You can even listen to your favorite holiday music with So Sound or put on Gabby’s audio book!
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!