Twelve Remedies for the Holidays

On the first day of Christmas, my boss gave to me… not e-nough money.  On the second day of Christmas my car gave to me… a broken window and a dead battery. On the third day of Christmas I gave to me… way too much sugar, a lot of junk food, an excess of alcohol which all led to my big fat bell-lly.

I hope your musical imagination could partially follow me along with my anecdotal song. Terrible I know. The truth is that for many the holidays can be filled with stressful times, family conflicts or losses, financial burdens, relationship challenges and food choices leaving you fatigued. Tis the season! But amongst it all it’s important to reflect, focus on the good and make as many choices possible to nourish yourself through the holidays! Here are some tips to get you through:

1. Bath with Peppermint Oil with Epsom salts (anti-inflammatory). Peppermint has many soothing effects, known to help with muscle pain and acts as instant stress relief.

2. Water. Drink lots of it. First thing in the morning upon rising and throughout the day. Think of hydration as your anti-fatigue remedy. Add some fresh mint leaves or some of that peppermint essential oil – which also aids with upset stomach and indigestion.

3. Mandarin Oranges. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without. Loaded with Vitamin C, most people have these at their homes. Snack on these for the extra immune boost.  

4. Outdoor Activities such as Skating or Tobogganing – a great way to enjoy time with friends and family and stay physically active.

5. Eat Pomegranate. Pomegranate is one of the most antioxidant rich of all the fruits, helping support the immune system, and is good for the heart. Buy whole, cut in half and remove those seeds by placing under a bowl of water and breaking open. Throw in salads, smoothies, eat by the handful, or top on yogurt for breakfast. Put in drinks for Christmas look or garnish desserts.  

6. Give Presence. Corny perhaps, but after catering for a lululemon opening there were mugs given out that read: Wherever you are: Be all there. Always a good reminder to truly be present with what you are doing and the people you are spending your time with.

7. Get Inspired! Spend some time at a bookstore and look at some books, including cookbooks that inspire you. My new trick is not to buy, but to pick recipes from several books and then if I really want the cookbook from there I get it.

8. Give back. Even if you don’t feel you have anything to give. Take some time to volunteer, donate or do something in the act of giving. This will get you in true holiday spirit.

9. Turn off your phone for the day. Or a period of time. Disconnecting is the best way to reconnect with your own sanity sometimes.

10. Superfood Smoothies: Protein powders, raw chocolate powder, spirulina, hemp seeds, chia seeds, blueberries. First thing in the morning sets a good pace for the day.

11. Chai Spices: Improves circulation, metabolism and elevates the mood and excellent Holiday vibe. Watch out for the sugary syrupy types. Not the same thing.

12. Count your blessings. You become what you focus on. Take some time to write out the things you are grateful for over the holidays. Morning and night.

And a partridge in a pear treeeeeee. Happy Holidays.

About Me

Kristin Fraser is a speaker and consultant on natural health, including food preparation workshops and nutritional seminars. Offering you insightful information on leading a healthier, happier life.


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