Christmas is around the corner with everything that includes. Christmas is spending time and sharing love with family and friends. Christmas is also the time to indulge in wonderful warm, delicious and by all means filling! christmas food, alcohol, cakes, cookies and candy. There is nothing wrong with indulging I guess.
For me, indulging always comes with both a stomach ache and a terrible feeling of heaviness both in my body and mind. A heaviness which often has overshadowed the good things about this holiday.
But, luckily, there are ways that you can have a more balanced Christmas holiday.
7 Tips for a healthier, happier and more balanced Christmas holiday:
Make the most out of the superfoods of the season
An obvious superfood in the winter season is Cabbage! Red cabbage has the most impressive health benefits of all of them and to get the full advantages you should avoid cooking them, but you could make a delicious and healthy Fermented Red cabbage. On the superfood list is also Pomegranate and cranberries which have incredible anti inflammatory benefits for your body. On the Christmas table there is normally also a lot of other vegetables like Brussel sprouts, carrots and various fruits and nuts.
If you are going to someone else´s house for Christmas whether it´s your own family, your in-laws or someone else, offer to bring a dish with you. Most people will enjoy and even appreciate a contribution, and in that way you know exactly what´s in the dish and you have the possibility to influence the dinner and make some healthy options to it.
I think one of the best tips to avoid overeating is to eat slowly. Easier said than done right with all those delicious foods. Focus on what´s on your plate. Look at it, Taste it, sense it! And engage in conversation at the table. We all know that it´s impolite to talk with your mouth full. So let food be food and conversation be conversation.
Make sure to have healthy snacks
Christmas is not only the time to indulge in the lovely christmas dinners, but it´s also that month a year where we consume the most sugar. There is candy and cookies everywhere, so much that it sometimes feel like you are stuck in a vivid christmas-candy dream. It´s simply impossible to go anywhere without being offered an evil christmas “snack”. Bring healthy snacks with you or keep your healthy eating routines at least in between dinners so it´s not so easy to fall into the sugar on sugar trap.
It´s easy to stay in on the couch when it´s cold outside. But taking a walk outside preferably in nature is good for so many things. Not only does it help your digestion after a big Christmas dinner but it´s also a way to be social if you have company or your walk or a way to quiet the mind if you are by your self.
Even if Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, it can be pretty stressful as well. Driving around from family to family, for us it means many hours in the car and ferry travelling between countries. All the presents you need to buy, getting the christmas dinner together and so on and so on! Take time to switch off and get in touch with your self. Meditation is a wonderful tool for just that.
If you don´t have your own practise I very strongly recommend that you download the app INSIGHT timer to your smart phone. Insight timer is more than an app, it´s a community. Here you can use the timer to meditate in silence or you can pick one of over 3000 different guided meditations or even listen to podcast from some of the worlds leading teachers. I use Insight timer almost daily and it´s completely free 🙂
If you are curious about starting a meditation practise, head over to my post 6 reasons I will never stop meditating where I tell about some of the benefits meditating has had on me and my life.
Be in the moment
Be in the moment and enjoy the company of family and friends without worrying too much about either the food or the stress. You are present when you are aware of yourself, your feelings and the people around you. Meaningful relationships require you to be present, and one of the good things about being present and living in the moment is that it can change one’s perception of time. Your life simply get´s longer 🙂
What is your tips for a more balanced Christmas holiday? I would love to engage with you in the comments 🙂
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