A Few Tips for Staying Happy, Healthy, and Sane this Holiday Season

By Jessica Roberts — December 06, 2012

The holidays are here! This time of year is full of fun, festivities, family, and friends. The holidays can also be a time of stress. Emotional, social, and financial stress can wear on our nerves leaving us frazzled. Hard to enjoy the holidays when we are feeling so drained.

Ready for a happy and healthy holiday season? Make your health and wellness a top priority. Regular physical activity, proper nutrition, healthy relationships, and connecting with your community and environment will help you stay healthy for the holidays.

We naturally have less energy in the winter season. Winter is the Yin season according to Taoist philosophy. Yin energy is quiet and introverted. Your usual high-intensity fitness routine may benefit from a few additions to complement the season. Try a restorative yoga class, tai chi, or walking. Adding restorative activities will help conserve your energy and prevent burnout.

Nutrition during the winter should also be geared toward conserving energy. Fill your diet with warming and nutrient dense foods. Use spices like black pepper, cinnamon, chili pepper, and cayenne pepper. Fill your plate with root vegetables such as potatoes, yams, carrots, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, and beets. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy are also great winter foods. Make soups and stews with beans, lentils, and whole grains. Sunflower and sesame seeds are also excellent nutrient dense foods to add to your daily diet.

Don’t forget to slow down and take time to nurture your relationships with family and friends. Share a home-cooked meal with your loved ones. Volunteer at a local charity together. Other activities to share may include a new yoga class, a walk outside, or a weekend getaway.

Include physical activity, warming winter foods, and time for friends and family every day to help restore, recharge, and revitalize throughout the holiday season. Nourish your body, mind, and spirit for happy and healthy holidays!

Here is a great recipe sure to warm you up any time of the day.

Cocoa Roasted Sweet Potatoes
One medium-sized roasted sweet potato, sliced into pieces
1/2 Tbsp cacao powder
1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
Dash of sea salt

Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350º for 15 minutes.
Top with chopped walnuts, pecans, coconut flakes, or cacao nibs.

Courtesy Image: Jessica Roberts and Steven Rossi Photography 

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