For the past 8 days, I've been posting a Daily Tip for a healthy and happy Christmas season over on my Facebook Page (Like & Follow my page so you don't miss out on any of my tips, tricks or recipes!)
In case you missed them, I'm including them below..(plus, you get 4 days of tips early!)
On to the 12 Days Of Christmas Tips:
Day #1 Drink water throughout the day to keep your energy levels up, help you think more clearly, ward off dehydration headaches, ease bloating, detoxify. Carry a water bottle with you to help you remember.
Day #2 Bring a healthy dish to potlucks. This way, you're guaranteed something healthy to eat. You can still have treats and snacks of course, however, they don't have to be your main focus.
Day #3 Bundle up and get some fresh air. I know, outdoor excursions aren't nearly as tempting when it's cold outside. However, fresh air is a great way to clear the lungs and the mind. We spend so much time indoors breathing recirculated air in the winter, and it does the body and the mind good to escape outdoors.
Day #4 Take vitamin D drops throughout the winter. We need vitamin D for many reasons, including for our immune system (to fight off colds and flu's) and for our mood (ie seasonal affective disorder). The thing is, we don't get even close to enough without daily exposure to the sun with our bare skin (no sunscreen). A vitamin D supplement is essential to maintaining good health.
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Day #5 Take a time-out! The to-do list will always be there. It won't ever not be there. In order to keep up with the many demands for our time, and be able to give the world our best, we need to take some time for ourselves.
Add an app like "Calm" to your phone and set a notification for a 10 minute time-out.
Day #6 Carry healthy snacks with you so you're not tempted to grab fast food when you're on the go and starving. Healthy ideas are raw nuts & unsweetened raisins, home made energy bites, fruit, veggie sticks & hummus.
Day #7 Plan your Christmas Day meals ahead of time and buy what you need several days in advance. This reduces the scramble and chaos of last-minute shopping.
Day #8 Eat breakfast! Include a healthy fat and/or protein to keep you fuller, longer, set your metabolism for the day, keep your energy levels up and ward off cravings.
Day #9 Include protein with every meal (vegetarian or animal source). Protein is a thermogenic food and it takes energy to burn, so you burn more calories. It also keeps you fuller, longer and reduces energy crashes.
Day #10 Eat throughout the day. Don't go more than 4 hrs without eating. This keeps your blood sugar balanced, your moods more on an even keel and reduces the urge to crawl under your desk for an afternoon nap!
Day #11 Don't skip your workouts. As I always say, you don't have to go to a gym to get (or stay) in shape. Hiking in the snow is a fantastic workout (just bundle up!), as is toboganning, skating and working out in your basement. Make a commitment to keep your body moving regardless of the weather outside.
Day #12 En-JOY your day with your loved ones. May your heart and mind be filled with all of the JOY possible that this time of year has to offer and your tummy filled with delicious (and healthy of course!) food.
Until Next Time,
May Anne xo
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May Anne Jordens-LaFlamme is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the owner of "Wellness with May Anne." She is passionate about helping women look and feel their best, so they can live a more fulfilling life - without dieting, deprivation, relying on willpower or cooking separate meals for the family.