By Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, BS, DC, ND
Holidays are a wonderful time, associated with fond memories, milestones and festive feelings. For some, the holidays can also be a time of high stress. This year try some new holiday traditions to make your holiday easier.
Don’t alter everything you love about the holidays. Just be more prepared, balanced and mindful when it comes to your health, happiness and wellness. To improve your body and well-being, try these holiday tips—and give yourself a real reason to celebrate!
Remember to stretch before setting the table, or hanging lights. Unlike daily exercises and workout routines, pre-holiday planning and activities can make you use muscles and perform tasks that your body isn’t used to. Take the time to stretch and get centered. Stretch and warm up before you clean the house for guests, lift a frozen turkey, lug firewood or hang decorations.
Your body doesn’t know the difference between holiday and everyday eating! Holiday parties and feasts are often viewed as a free pass to overindulge, enjoy excessive amounts of food and drink, and then submit to complete inactivity for the rest of the festivities. The holidays are special, but holiday eating can lead to bad health habits—no matter what resolutions we set for ourselves. To combat this common occurrence without feeling deprived, rethink your portion sizes and food combinations.
If you feel bloated or have digestive discomfort, there is a need for digestive enzymes blended with probiotics to help your digestive system handle all your holiday indulgences. Non-Invasive testing can determine the correct digestive enzymes for your body.
Before you go in for seconds or reload your dessert plate, take a walk around the block, get some fresh seasonal air outdoors, see if your host needs any help with cleaning, or have a stretch while checking in at the kids table. Just spending fifteen minutes focused on conversation between helpings can help you understand just how full you’re feeling and prevent you from eating to the point of discomfort. It puts your focus on those around you rather than the plate in front of you.
It’s okay to step back if you’re feeling over-extended. During the holidays, stress comes from many sources. Your body stores stresses more than you realize; which is why physical breaking points can occur. If you feel the stress stacking up, don’t be afraid to ask for help or say “no” as needed. Don’t strive for perfection at the cost of your own wellness. Customized nutritional support can help your body handle the holiday stress and help you enjoy the holidays better.
Remember, you don’t have to wait until you crash or until after the holidays to recharge and renew your body. Alternative holistic wellness health care providers have a variety of non-invasive, non-drug services that can help you stay healthy, feel less stressed, and better enjoy the holiday season. Happy Holidays to All!
Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, B.S., D.C., N.D. owns TLC Holistic Wellness in Livonia. She has provided holistic and nutritional recommendations using living water, diet & whole food supplements for 28 years as a practicing chiropractor, naturopath-wellness consultant. Visit http://www.tlcholisticwellness.com/ for more information and free public workshop dates, or call (734) 664-0339.