Healthy Holiday Planning – Don’t Spend the First half of 2017 Burning off Your Holiday Festivities #wellbeingwednesday
A recent study stated that the weight people put on over the holiday season can take 5 months to take off! I was shocked. For today’s Wellbeing Wednesday tip I am sharing some ways to navigate the holiday season so you can still have fun, but without the excess New Year bulge.
Half Your Plate Veggies. I almost don’t care what is on the other half (within reason of course!). Eat off a 9 inch plate and make sure half that plate is covered with colourful vegetables. They can be raw, cooked, baked it doesn’t matter, as long as they are there!
Start your morning off with a glass of lemon water. Cut about 1/4 of a lemon wedge and squeeze into a glass of room temperature water. The bitter flavour of lemon stimulates the liver, promotes bile production from the gallbladder, supports a healthy digestive system and keeps you hydrated. It’s a great start to a morning especially after a night with indulgences.
Move. Move. Move. Don’t restrict calories, just burn them off! Go for a brisk walk, attend a yoga class or hit the gym. Participate in whatever activity you can. Physical activity is one of the clearest things you can do to benefit your health during the holiday season.
Be the Designated Driver. I likely won’t make any friends with this tip, but alcohol is high in the glycemic index, with more sugar than sugar. Taking a night off might not be such a bad idea. Just a suggestion.
De-stress yourself. Whatever this means to you, take the time to do the things you love. Go for a massage, sleep lots, eat good food and spend time with friends and family. Remember, it’s not what you do from Christmas to New Years, but what you do from New Years to Christmas.
I hope you all enjoy the holiday season. Wishing you peace, joy and good health.
RACHEL SCHWARTZMAN is a naturopathic doctor in the St. Clair West neighbourhood. She is the co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas, a naturopathic collective that supports pregnant women and partners with the birth of their babies. Westenddoulas.com