How can I survive the Holidays this winter??!
- I can hardly get through one evening without snacking on junk!
- How can I even think about surviving the holidays with a constant feast in front of me!?
- Whats the point of being healthy if I will just give up later through the year??
- How can I be healthy and save money?
The holiday season is FOR SURE a hard time of year. Especially on our stomachs. To make matters worse for us here up North, it is even harder to try to survive the winter. The battle is on.
- Turkey and stuffing…
- Baking and treats…
- ⇑ Stress…
- Cold weather shutting us up inside…
- Anxiety and depression…
What can we do!? How can we survive??!
Here are my Top 5 Tips for getting through the holidays and the winter in top shape! *Follow along to the end for the KEY to use them.
A. Plan ahead with meals.
Every week we have (for the majority) a day assigned to go buy our groceries. We sit down and plan out what we will be eating for the week so we know exactly what we need to buy. When you go, make sure you’re not hungry. Then you will not tend to buy extra junk.
- This saves time and money.
- We avoid buying things that we don’t really need or that we shouldn’t buy.
- Less work in the long run.
Most often what we do not have when we go to look in the fridge, we will be less likely to eat it or go out and get it.
B. Plan ahead with activities.
Pick a time to plan out what you would like to accomplish or do for activities in the week or month ahead.
- This helps to plan ahead financially.
- It will help eliminate extra sitting around being bored or depressed.
- It is time spent with family, learning and growing.
2. Nourish your cells.
Keep a healthy balance. What do I mean?
In our culture we have a feast of “food” that is processed, modified and filled with refined sugar. This in our diet makes up the majority of what we eat. Lets say 80-90%. And the good nutritious food (fruits and vegetables) we eat like scraps to make up the remaining 10%… This leaves our bodies very toxic and deficient, which can end up in sickness.
If we switch this balance around to 80-90% good nutritious food and the rest bad junk food, then that little bit of junk really doesn’t make a big deal. The cells in our body CAN HEAL and stay healthy. Our body will actually begin to WANT the good not the bad once it realizes how good it can feel.
Our majority should include many servings of whole raw food like:
- Fruits and vegetables.
- Nuts and seeds.
- Healthy fats and oils
- Whole grains.
Some may argue that we need to just EAT food to get our proper nutrients. That is absolutely right! HOWEVER> We just don’t! We need 8-10 servings of fruit and vegetables a day but we can hardly stomach 1-2 servings! Often we settle for “fast and convenient comfort foods” especially in the winter. Since whole, clean nutritious foods are not as cheap and available in the winter, we especially need to supplement.
Not replace… But supplement.
Also, there are certain vitamins and minerals that our body does not naturally produce. Therefore, we need to get them through food. If we don’t, then our cells will begin to die and sickness will develop beginning with common symptoms. This is found in the winter especially.
A common deficiency in the winter is Vitamin D (for example). We are not out in the sun so we should be supplementing it.
4. Bowel cleanse = Immunity Boost.
Around 80% of our immune system lies in our gut. It is extremely important for maintaining good health. Everything flows in and out of it.
Our bowels are full of trillions of cells. These cells are good and bad bacteria that are in a constant battle to keep things running well. If there is a deficiency or imbalance we will begin to see symptoms appear that are telling us something is wrong. Things that kill our gut flora (lining) and good bacteria are:
- Certain medications.
- Refined sugar.
- Preservatives and food additives.
- Processed and modified food.
- Among many others…
Here are some quick tips and habits to start for our gut health:
- Essential oils and teas:
- Lemon grass
The top ones to have most often would be Peppermint- for it reduces muscle spasm and digestive discomfort. Ginger- which soothes digestive lining and reduces inflammation.
2. Pineapple and fiber: Pineapple has Bromelain which is a digestive enzyme. This helps the absorption of nutrients in the bowels. Fiber helps in moving things along and in the digestion of our food. Some ways to get fiber:
- Chia seeds
- Herbal fiber blend supplement.
3. Probiotics (good bacteria): We need a ratio of 10.1 in good to bad bacteria. That means trillions of good bacteria cells. We can get probiotics from:
- Natural, plain yogurt.
- Fermented foods.
- Probiotics (flora food) supplement.
4. Green juices and smoothies: Nutrients from these can give the bowels what they need to heal.
And Lastly… Tip #5.
5. Get out! Exercise!!
It is said that sitting is now the new smoking… Our organs need the exercise. They work hard to keep us going each day so we must keep them in shape. It is a part of a healthy lifestyle.
- Dress for the weather and enjoy the outdoor winter activities!
- Shut the TV off and go for a walk!
- Get a gym membership right now!
- There are also lots of exercises we can do at home.
So to recap the 5 tips…
- Plan ahead.
- Nourish our cells.
- Cleanse our Bowels.
And Finally! The KEY as I promised..
We must have SELF-CONTROL.
SELF-CONTROL through the holidays and implemented in our life will be the difference maker. We cannot maintain our health without it. ALL of these 5 points will not matter if we do not have it.
Shall we say that having self-control is the “KEY” to overcoming these? Would these problems and so much more (that are the leading causes of our poor health) be simply gone if we had it? I believe so. For more on what this looks like visit ⇒HERE.
I hope this has been helpful? I would love to hear from you! Comment below.
My question for you – Do you think self-control is important? Is there something you do that helps get you through the holidays or the winter?