Yes, it’s the holidays. And that can only mean one thing: FOOD!
As amazing as egg nog, ham, soups, salads, stuffings and savoury recipes that your grandma won’t share with you are, holiday feasting can use a little moderation for the sake of your health.
Here are Organika® we know the feeling, which is why we have decided to come up with this list of 5 easy ways to stay healthy and balanced over the holidays!
1. Drink more water!
Aside from increasing your metabolism, improving your circulation and supporting overall energy levels, water by itself is already a miracle worker when incorporated into your diet!
But why not make it interesting? Adding lemons to your water acts as a great source of vitamin C and helps balance the digestive system, not to mention that it tastes great.
Coconut water is a sweet tasting source of electrolytes and minerals that support metabolism and overall health, and keep you quite hydrated as opposed to those hot chocolates, egg nogs and sugary drinks we all adore from the holidays!
Other options include water with berries, oranges, cucumbers and many more!
2. Get active!
No, walking from the dinner table to the couch doesn’t count.
However, there are a number of things that can be done over the holidays to stay active! For example:
- Snowboarding or skiing
- Dancing or any cardio activity for approx. ½ hour min.
- Resistance and strength training – calisthenics, powerlifting, etc.
Snowstorms and cold weather are the perfect excuse to hit the gym, and try new types of movement! If you are tired with the usual routine, try powerlifting, calisthenics, etc.
In terms of cardio, simple things like walking for a half hour per day can significantly reduce cholesterol levels, plaque buildup in arteries and support overall energy levels. For something a little more challenging, try hot yoga or snowboarding!
3. Full Spectrum Plant Enzymes (FSPE)
Which are an absolute life-saver over the holidays. Containing amylase, protease and lipase enzymes, FSPE is beneficial towards the digestion of carbs, proteins and fats that are in abundance over the holidays! Better digestion results in less bloated or uncomfortable feelings after heavy meals. FSPE also contains a number of other enzymes such as lactose for digestion of milk-containing products, and cellulase to digest fibres/starches!
4. Healthy Alternatives
While you are getting creative with your holiday recipes, think about substituting butters, oils and toppings for healthier alternatives! Here are a few ideas:
- Instead of rice, try subbing in quinoa as a carbohydrate source. Full of protein, iron, folate and minerals, quinoa makes a great rice substitute!
- Try incorporating coconut palm sugar into recipes as opposed to table sugar; coconut palm sugar has a sweet taste and does not have the same effect on spiking blood sugar levels!
- Coconut oil makes a great alternative to other hydrogenated oils that have high saturated fats.
5. Fruits and vegetables
As tempting as the frosted cake pops, brownies and stuffed turkey might be – fruits and vegetables are a must. Many fruits such as mangoes and apples act as great fibre sources to help digestion and balance blood sugar levels, while many berries can provide a range of antioxidants for immune support. In addition, fruits and vegetables are sources of trace minerals such as iron, copper and chromium that support overall metabolism in the body.
Try incorporating these changes into your lifestyle over the holidays; stay healthy, and stay warm!
Organika Health Team