It’s that time of year … along with the holidays, amongst the positives can also be some negatives. The likeliness of getting colds and flus, going off your regular diet, stress, busy days and overabundance of good cheer or on the opposite side – isolation or loneliness over the holidays – can wreak havoc on your health and wellbeing. Here are a few strategies to get the most enjoyment out of the holidays without paying a high price in health, energy and emotions!
Strategy #1- Minimizing the affect of rich food and drink.
- Eat protein and fat before going out to a cocktail or holiday party with lots of different types of random appetizers, sweets, and alcohol. An episode of a British crime drama comes to mind with this one. Two detectives go under cover as a couple to have a meal with another couple who they are investigating. They want to ‘secretly’ search the house after the couple gets so inebriated they won’t notice as one of the pair goes off to the loo and searches the house. In essence, they have to ‘outlast’ the other couple whilst drinking – so their entire strategy is to eat a bunch of cheese before going to dinner to slow down the processing affects of alcohol. Crime dramas aside, in real life, you can easily make sure you have a protein bar handy in your bag whenever you might need it. Protein and fats will also help regulate your blood sugar with overly sugary foods and drinks. Eating before going out may also reduce the probability of ‘overindulging’ in all the rich foods and sweets as well.
- Hydrate before, during and after drinking alcohol and eating rich foods with water and electrolyte drinks. This will also help ‘cool’ down the liver that will be working overtime to process everything.
- Boost electrolytes by drinking 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 1/2 teaspoon of a sweetener (like honey or real raw sugar) and a generous pinch of sea salt in 8 ounces of water.
- Kitchen Remedy: If too much rich food leaves you feeling fullness below the sternum, reflux, slow digestion, and/or constipated: Mix 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with a bit of warm water. Take this first thing in morning, before food.
Strategy #2 – Prevent colds and flus.
- Time and again – one of the best ways to prevent colds and flus is to wash your hands! Remember this one thing – ‘never touch your face or food going into your mouth before washing your hands’.
- I use my tried and true trio to prevent colds and flus when I am regularly exposed to people who are ill in my practice. I then modify the trio when I am traveling and during times of stress and feeling run down for prevention. I truly do not leave home without it! (note: you will only be able to see the supplements if you are registered for the online store – if you have ordered before you don’t have to register, but you do need to be logged in. If you would like to register: registration code = TB468) For prevention of colds and flus: 3 tabs per day Gan Mao Ling (Chinese herb formula for colds), 1 tab per day ADP (time released oregano), 1 tab per day ADB5 (support for adrenals during times of stress and exhaustion) take ADB5 only in the morning and with food.
- Kitchen Remedy: If you begin to feel sick – drink ginger tea. Put 4-5 slices of ginger in boiling water, then simmer for 20 minutes, then add lemon juice and honey to taste.
Strategy #3 – Overwhelmed? Stressed? Too much to do? Lonely? Depressed? Travel? Exhausted?
- Self- Care: Incorporate into your day some self care. Treat yourself Kindly.
- Breathe: Even if it is only 5 minutes to sit and breathe and stare out a window. Exaggerate your breathing – slowly breathe deep into your lungs and slowly exhale.
- Sleep: Try to keep regular sleep if possible. Having sleep reset strategies are useful if you have jet lag, have trouble sleeping due to being overtired, irregular sleep or from general stress. Take an electronic vacation at least an hour before you want to sleep.
- Exercise: even just 10 minutes of walking, stretching, dancing and moving will make a big difference. Get your circulation going!
- Connect and laugh: If you are around people a lot – make sure you have some alone time. If you are lonely, make sure to reach out and connect with someone. “Laughter is an instant vacation.” Milton Berle
- Gratitude: with everything going on in the world – finding gratitude for the things we have. “Replace fear with gratitude, and the whole world changes.” ~Terri Guillemets
Strategy #4 – Make a plan for rejuvenation after the holidays.
Here are some suggestions for a post holiday health plan.
- Simplify your diet and follow the Warm Digestion principles in this ebook.
- Biodetoxification Reset Program – This is a fabulous way to revitalize, reset your metabolism, support your organs and elimination systems and get back to health in 10 days. Keep a look out for the January Newsletter for more information!
- Get Acupuncture (of course!). Rejuvenate and improve your health and wellbeing.
- Plan something fun, but restful to avoid post-holiday let down. Making a rejuvenation plan is a great place to start.
- Allowing yourself to enjoy your moments during the holidays without guilt of what you should or should not be eating, drinking, exercising, etc. can be very healthful for the mind.
Remedies from the online store & e-visits are available to ensure you have a healthy season!
- Remember to order your remedies before the busy holiday season which slows down orders.
- If you need a quick Telehealth visit, book an Established Integrative Health Patient Check In Consultation here.
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- Book an initial consultation via The Better Health e-visit. Enter the coupon code: 50FIRST for 50% off your initial consultation. Read more here.
Herbs & Therapeutic Nutrition for Colds & Flu’s.
For prevention and the first sign of a cold, Gan Mao Ling is a wonderful formula to have in your cabinet.
|Mayway, Gan Mao Ling, 100 Tablets|
Time release oil of oregano tablets are very good for colds, sensitivity to molds and seasonal allergies.
|Biotics Research, A.D.P., 60 Tablets|
When the first sign of a cold or flu – with the sudden onset of a sore throat, Yin Chiao Chieh Tu Pien is the best remedy.
|Mayway, Yin Chiao Chieh Tu Pien, 12 vials, 8 tablets ea…~|
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Happy Holidays and Healthful New Year!
Tansy Briggs, DOM, L.OM
Integrative Oriental Medicine Practitioner
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