Hey there badass babe,
I know the holidays can be tough. What’s supposed to be a time of relaxation, celebration and joy often turns into a whirlwind of sleeplessness, anxiety, and burn out as we hustle to get through our massive to-do list while making it all look like a page out of Martha Stewart Magazine.
So with all that, how the hell do we keep up with a healing diet? How do we continue to incorporate self-care when we’re bouncing between family stuff and work craziness and traveling? How do we stay active when all we want to do is sleep?
This is something I’ve been working on for years, and I have some tried and true tips to keep your self feeling fucking fantastic all the way till new years.
1. Communicate your needs
Look, I know it can be hard to explain you gluten and soy sensitivity to old aunt betty, but just fucking do it. So many of us don’t continue with our healing diets during the holidays because we don’t want to “cause a fuss” or “make a big deal out of it.” (I’ve done this so many times)
Get over it. It’s not a big deal. And you deserve to feel good and eat foods that will help that happen.
If you think your host will have a hard time accommodating you, always offer to bring a dish so you know there will be something you can eat. Or, offer to help with the cooking in advance, so you know exactly what’s in each side. Or, offer to host the damn thing yourself, and then you can eat it all!
2. Don’t be weird
I already mentioned that it can be hard to explain your healing diet to folks, but it’s way easier if you just act like it’s 100% completely normal (because it is) and not some weirdo choice you’re making. If you act like your food/lifestyle is weird, then they sure as hell will act like your food/lifestyle is weird. But, if you’re confident and just tell it like it is, there’s a good chance they’ll just roll with it.
And if they don’t roll with it, don’t be alarmed. Some people act really fucking stupid for some reason when you tell them you’re eating healthier, or trying to avoid alcohol or whatever. Like they suddenly feel wildly offended or personally accosted because you’ve realized you feel better when you eat less corn and soy, or when you do yoga every morning. Don’t give into their bullshit. Just stand your ground, and let them know that you feel better when you eat/live this way and that’s it. End of story.
3. Prep that shit
Honestly, the more you can prep and plan your food ahead of time the better. I know this isn’t always 100% possible, but do the best you can. Going to a dinner party? Bring an appetizer that tastes good AND makes you feel good. Going out to a restaurant with limited options? Eat a little something before you go so you’re not starving.
There’s also something to be said about prepping healthy food for before and after the festivities, so you can have a little fun, and then go right back to your healing diet.
You can also totally plan and prep for stuff like movement, getting enough water, getting good sleep, etc. Schedule that shit in, and don’t budge on it.
4. Don’t make yourself fucking crazy
And probably most importantly, just have fucking fun. If keeping up with all your wellness routines everyday of the holiday season is making you feel even more stressed out, don’t do it all! (unless you have a serious allergy or sensitivity… obviously do what you gotta do girl).
The point of a healing diet and lifestyle is to make us feel good, and if it makes you feel more anxious or crazy, you’re doing it wrong. Let loose and have some fun sister. The kale will be here when you get back <3
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