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Holiday seasons can cause a lot of emotional and physical stress. The stress can come in the form of excess work or people you don't like or just lack of sleep. See what could affect you the most and take steps to avoid any such stressful toxins this holiday to make it more beautiful.
Looking for ways to get back on a track from a sugar binge event? Here are 7 tips to feel better again and re-start your normal healthy diet!
Thanksgiving is a festival where we try to feel grateful for all that life throws at us. It's a season we try to increase our and everybody else's happiness. According to Ayurveda, the sadhak pitta greatly influences our emotions. So let's try some Ayurvedic recipes that can balance the sadhak pitta and increase our happiness.
Do you get stressed-out and depressed around the holidays? These 12 tips will keep you from going over the "stress edge" and actually enjoy the holidays!
Essential oils can be used to enhance your celebrations and practice of abundance this Thanksgiving day which is around the corner. Incorporate aromatic oils which will increase your abundance quotient in life. Learn more about diffusing the abundance blend which works on all four levels of being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
Pumpkin Banana Smoothie: Blend 1c milk, 1c pumpkin puree, 1 banana, 1/4tsp each of cinnamon and nutmeg, 1tbsp honey, 1tsp vanilla extract until smooth. Carrot Ginger Smoothie: Blend 2 med carrots, 1tbsp fresh chopped ginger, 1c milk, 1 banana until smooth. You can swap the milk for orange juice and banana for 1/2c plain Greek yogurt.
Let your kids have a say in choosing the location for your vacation. Show them pics and videos of the spots you plan to visit. Get them journals to record their expectations and memories. Give them a teaser of the cuisine that will be available. Shop for travel gear together. Go on hikes to build stamina and bond with kids. Try camping and spend at least a day to explore places.
Walk barefoot to ground your body and for anti-inflammatory benefits. Hug a pet or loved one. Munch on a bowl of antioxidant-rich blueberries to stall early aging. Drink refreshing spa water. Treat your sweet tooth with beneficial dark chocolate. Don’t be stingy with spices. Take regular time-outs and go on a holiday. Get enough sleep. De-stress by taking a walk in nature.
Do not over-consume alcohol and junk foods on holidays. Do not misuse your cheat days or reward yourself. Count calories, don't binge and sleep well. Shun overindulgent late-night and stress-induced eating. Don’t starve yourself or keep switching diets. Avoid vegetable oil, sugar, and sugary drinks. Focus on your food while eating. Emphasize on strength building, not weight loss.
Know your limits and set achievable goals. Not achieving goals may induce depression, which in turn causes overeating. Don't give up food you love but find healthy alternatives. Never starve as it increases cortisol levels that leads to cravings and overeating. Instead eat multiple small meals. Avoid junk food. Get back to eating healthy even if you cheat once a while.
Keep moving and stay active to burn more calories. Eat small meals every 2-4 hrs. Consume ‘healthy’ fats and drink cold water to increase your calorie burning potential. Weight training ensures fat burn during and after exercise. Include hot spices in your diet to boost metabolism. Increase protein as the body consumes more calories to break it down.
Holiday season can stress you out so a dedicated Yoga practice can help you stay healthy and stress free, improve your concentration, keep your body toned, fit and flexible, maintain stable weight, maintain your mind-body connection, provide renewed energy, keep a positive outlook, sleep better and help you stay centred and grounded in the present moment.
There's no doubt that holidays are the best time of the year for all of us. Unfortunately, it's also the time of the year we gain those extra pounds. Follow these five tips and stay healthy: don't skip meals, eat small portions of food, offer to cook a healthy dish for a party, avoid alcohol, and add exercise to your holiday fun list.
Include delicious spices, herbs, and whole foods like barley, buckwheat, beans, peas, lentils, brussels sprouts, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, kale, cauliflower, asparagus, potatoes and pumpkin seeds in your holiday meal. This will can help stabilize blood sugar and improve overall health of everyone at the Christmas dinner table, especially if they have diabetes.
Hold the door open for others. Donate old books, clothes and blood. Genuinely compliment and smile at others. Be a courteous driver. Give a positive review to a business or service provider. Perform a random act of kindness. Surprise people with an actual phone call. Leave a generous tip. When someone treats you well or you witness something positive, share it.