I know most people, myself included, combat the usual holiday craze with an abundance
of food and drink – which can usually make matters worse. The holidays can be a
great time of the year, but generally coincide with finals, deadlines, money
pressures, and the obligatory common cold. Thanksgiving comes and goes – leaving
the clothes on your body a bit more snug – and then it’s the cookies, candy, eggnog and
In response to this yearly slump I have come up with a few practices
that can take the edge off. Some of these may be common sense, but sometimes we
need a reminder amidst the holiday rush.
1. Drink a crazy amount of water each day. I try to drink 8 8-oz glasses/day
minimally. I keep a huge jar next to my bed, and throughout
the day refill it. Don’t go too crazy, but listen to your body and keep it
hydrated. Each person is different.
2. Start every day off with a healthy smoothie or juice. I use my juice cubes
(apple pear and kale, parsley cilantro) mixed with a handful of fruit, banana,
and unsweetened coconut or almond milk. These smoothies have detoxifying
qualities that give me a nice boost throughout the day.
3. Eat a balanced dinner! If nothing else, make sure you have a healthy dinner
waiting at home after a long, exhausting day. When meeting friends for
drinks at night, I have a bad habit of skipping out on dinner, and filling up on
olives and Bloody Marys. If I spend a few hours preparing some veggies,
meats, and grains for the week, dinner can be a breeze and hold me over
when I’m in dire need
4. Drink an Emergency daily. That daily dose of vitamin C will help keep
your immune system fortified against that pesky obligatory cold.
5. Chill the hell out! Take time for yourself. Write in your journal, take a walk in
the park, read that damn book you have wanted to read forever. Forget about
everyone and focus on yourself.