Post on: December 21, 2016.

Posted in: Cook, Read.

Oh, deer…let the holiday puns begin. May your holidays be merry and bright – not uncomfortable. Elf it embarrassing when you get caught under the mistletoe while sporting coffee breath? Oh, or the time you looked like a mix of the Grinch & that Abdominal Snowman in the Rudolph movie as you tumbled into a frantic stressed-out over the holidays fit!

Make this year your best holidays yet. Improve your holiday habits so you can enjoy every holly, jolly moment of the season. Here are 5 steps to a silent night and a happy holiday season.

 

1) Having Enough Energy to Survive the Holidays

Let it snow! From shoveling to sledding ‘tis the season for being active outdoors. Have enough energy to enjoy it. B vitamins help metabolism, and can be found in most multivitamins. Healthy snacking (nuts, fruits, energy bars, Kombucha, seeds, green powders or protein shakes) can keep you fuelled and ready to jump for joy!

2) Overeating During the Holidays

Grazing endlessly at festive gatherings can quickly make your holiday outfit uncomfortably tight fitting. To overcome overeating, use the help of a plate to serve yourself a controlled portion. For your bloated belly, consider digestive enzymes. Ginger chews can help overcome a bout of nausea. Probiotics help support digestive health. Plus, a recent British Journal of Nutrition study suggests some probiotics may promote healthier insulin metabolism during short bouts of eating an unhealthy diet. Now, you’re ready – pass the cookies, please!

3) Holiday Stress & Sleep

Oh, holy night! The stars are brightly shining giving you something pretty to look at while you lay awake, unable to sleep, rifled with holiday stress. German chamomile, valerian, skullcap, melatonin and California poppy are natural sleep aids. Essential oils can have a calming effect. A 2015 study found hospital workers at a Vienna hospital successfully reduced their levels of stress with the use of essential oils.

4) Healthier Holiday Recipes

Oh, the weather outside is frightful! Let’s stay inside and try new healthy recipes. Try using coconut oil instead of butter. Give organic chocolate a try – it’s delicious! Experiment with new ingredients, such as chia seeds or hemp hearts.

5) Your Mistletoe Action Plan

There will be no uncomfortable moments wondering how fresh your breath is when you get caught under the mistletoe this holiday season because you’ll have stocked your pockets with minty xylitol gum. Pucker-up, Buttercup!

 

Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful, healthy, energetic, delicious and kissable holiday season. – Allison 🙂

 

References & Studies:

 

Essential Oils – Stress

Forsch Komplementmed. 2015;22(3):185-94.

Link to Abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26338021

 

Magnesium – Insomnia

J Res Med Sci. 2012 Dec; 17(12): 1161–1169.

Link to Full Article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3703169/

 

Probiotics – Insulin Resistance – Overeating

Br J Nutr. 2015 Feb 28; 113(4): 596–602

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4339038/

Health Canada Monographs: Probiotics, Multivitamins, Digestive Enzymes, Ginger

http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/atReq.do?atid=probio

http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/atReq.do?atid=multi_vitmin_suppl

http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/atReq.do?atid=enzyme.multi&lang=eng

http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=99&