The season of indulgence is upon us.
For many Americans, the frenzy starts with Halloween candy, and gets worse before it gets better. For some, it gets a lot worse. But it doesn’t have to.
What can you do to maintain sanity, health, and self-respect during the holiday onslaught?
Here are a few simple actions to consider. Implementing even one will help, especially if it’s the one that keeps you from sliding down your favorite rabbit hole of excess.
Tend your digestive system
Keep your digestive tract whirring by giving it a tune-up now, and continue extra maintenance as needed during the holidaze. Any form of ginger helps, even the ones that come with sugar (used with care). Keep a bottle of ginger tincture at your desk. Mix with hot water, a little Grade B maple syrup, and a squeeze of lemon if you like for a soothing, warming holiday digestive.
Take the intestinal toner triphala nightly, at least through the end of the year. And when you realize it’s too late to prevent overdoing it, even one day eating only khichadi can work rebalancing wonders.
Try chewing your food long enough to savor the tastes and textures. Not only will you enjoy your meal more, you’ll also give your body time to register how full you are. Turn your food to soup in your mouth before swallowing.
Avoid sitting at the table ravenously hungry. If needed, have a little snack 30 minutes before a meal to take the edge off your hunger. A small dark chocolate does the job deliciously, and the bitter taste stimulates digestion.
Put some food in your stomach before sipping wine or a cocktail. Not only will this keep you from falling down and embarrassing yourself, you’ll also be less likely to overeat when the meal arrives.
Too many late nights and holiday-sparked emotion can make it hard for the nervous system to gear down at night, and sleep deprivation has been scientifically linked to weight gain. Once in bed, place your hands for even a few minutes of Reiki self-treatment to help you release the stress of the day and ease into deep, refreshing sleep.
What, you don’t practice Reiki? Then lie comfortably and observe your breath, letting the mind settle before surrendering to sleep. And add Reiki classes to your gift list.
What’s your favorite tip for staying healthy through the holidays?