Yep! We’re already here – it’s the Silly Season!
With seemingly everyone around you urging you to drop all disciplines and get into indulgent-mode, it can seem ‘hard’ to stay healthy throughout the holidays.
But with a few little shifts in your mind-frame, it’s easy to see that staying strong, healthy and nourished throughout December is actually EASY and PLEASURABLE!
Read on for my favourite tips for staying strong, nourished and centred this Christmas, with zero deprivation and maximum indulgence!
It’s OK to say ‘no’!
With a sometimes-ridiculous number of invitations to parties and get-togethers, December can be an overwhelmingly social month!
I totally understand how challenging it can be to maintain the boundaries of self-care during the silly season, but each year I’m getting better and better at tapping into my intuition about attending social events, especially if I’m starting to feel overstretched.
Accessing my instincts really just involves asking myself some basic questions and ‘feeling’ for my true, pure answers…
Regardless of who has invited me and who will be there…
Do I really want to go?
Will I feel happy if I go?
Does the idea of going fill me with feelings of love and excitement?
If I don’t receive a clear and excited ‘HELL YES’, it’s a ‘No, thank you. I hope you have a great time!’ from me!
It takes practice to hear your answers clearly, amid all the mind chatter that usually revolves around worrying about what other people will think if you say no! But believe me, it’s worth it! The right balance of ‘YES’ and ‘NO’ during the holidays simply means that you’ll be glowing and full of energy and fun for the parties that you’ve given an almighty ‘YES’ to!
Don’t forget the H2O!
Staying hydrated is more important than ever during the holidays, especially if you like indulging in some cheeky sparkles or an ice-cold beer!
I personally don’t drink alcohol, but I always recommend one large glass of pure water between party drinks, in addition to a baseline of 2-3 litres of pure water each day.
When you’ve discovered a few ways of moving that you really love, there’s no reason to let the holiday season stop you from exercising!
In fact, the holidays are the perfect time to set ‘movement dates’ with your favourite people. Why not organise a yoga class, walk, run or swim with your besties BEFORE the party or pub? Or roll out the yoga mat at home before a big night out?
When you frame it right, there’s no reason to fall off the movement wagon this Summer!
There are so many ways to nourish yourself, and others, while being in full party mode! All it takes is just a little forward thinking, a quick plan and you’re set! Some of my favourite holiday tips include:
- Drinking 1 litre of pure water and eating a healthy, satiating, protein-rich snack before heading out to a holiday ‘do’. This will make it so much easier to stay moderate at parties and events
- Offer to bring a healthy plate to share to any parties you’re invited to. Worst case scenario, and you’re faced with a table full of processed junk, you can just rely on your own plate!
- Gifting, and indulging in, raw cacao treats and raw vegan desserts so that you, and your loved ones, are being nourished while you’re indulging!
- Don’t be afraid to enjoy your favourite holiday treats in moderation. If your grandmother makes the most wonderful ‘White Christmas’ that brings back warm, fuzzy feelings from childhood despite it’s processed wickedness – go for it! Just have one, and bask in the memories and the love and care she put into it’s creation!
It’s kind of ironic that the ‘holiday’ period is the busiest time of the year!
It’s time to reclaim the word ‘vacation’ and prioritise downtime!
Take indulgent naps and sleep in!
Fill a warm bath and settle in!
Conjure up a pot full of delicious, nourishing herbal tea and relish it in the sunshine!
Read something inspiring and delicious – slowly and deliberately!
Pamper yourself and keep up your self-love routine!
Keep up the basics!
Just because you’re attending parties brimming over with indulgent, rich, succulent food, it doesn’t mean that your ‘basics’ need to go awry to!
If you keep on including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, eggs and lean meat in your diet throughout the silly season, you’re doing a great job!
I especially love Juice Plus+ at this time of year, as my way of filling in any potential gaps in my diet, and I adore my daily morning smoothie or juice as a no-brainer, nutrient dense start to every day.
Tell me beautiful… What are YOUR tips for staying healthy and vital during the festive season? Comment below and let’s get sharing!
Love, gratitude and grace,