Holiday Health by Rachel Schwartzman | #WellBeingWednesdays

Mix of fresh fruits on wicker bascket

As the holiday season closely approaches, there have been a number of discussions about how to navigate this festive time in relation to food and beverage choices, as well as maintaining energy and mood. So, I thought I’d share some quick and easy strategies to help keep you healthy, happy and energetic for the holiday season and into the New Year.

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. This is such an easy way to start your day off healthy.

Eat a minimum of six servings of fruits and vegetables per day. These foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, water and fiber. Consider adding cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale etc) to your diet this month. These foods support the liver detoxification pathways, have anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. They really are a powerhouse food group and wonderful to help cleanse after overindulgences.

Keep active. Go for a brisk walk, attend a yoga class or hit the gym. Participate in whatever activity you enjoy doing. Physical activity is one of the clearest things you can do to benefit your health during the holidays and any time of the year really.

Organize yourself. Write down all upcoming events on a calendar, so you can plan ahead for social occasions. If you have a social function in the evening, think about eating healthy meals throughout the day, by focusing on lean protein and vegetables. This will help balance out the potential over-indulgences at the event. You may even choose to have something to eat before going to the party so you can better manage your food choices while there.

De-stress and Treat 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. The holiday season is a wonderful time and should be celebrated with peace, love and joy to all.


Rachel Schwartzman is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Doula and Acupuncturist. She practices in Toronto and can be reached at 416-371-3422. To learn more about Dr. Rachel take a peek at



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