The Holiday Detox
Is anyone else as excited I am for the most wonderful time of the year?! I can FINALLY put up my Christmas tree!! In a perfect world I’d happily put up my tree in September. But alas, I have a husband who likes to confirm to modern day social norm.. I guess he can win this one. Thanksgiving through New Years is truly a magical time, one that I look forward to with great anticipation and excitement. To say I love the holidays would be an understatement, I downright ADORE the holidays. The first snowfall, the quality time spent with family and friends, the joy of giving the perfect gift, the ringing in of a new year, the lights, the sparkles, the food, the parties! There is truly so much to appreciate about this special time. And then mid-January rolls around and I feel like I have a literal and figurative holiday hangover. For 6 weeks straight I overindulged in every kind of sweet treat know to man, drank more than my liver should be forced to handle, ran myself ragged by burning the candle at both ends, and ate my weight in carb-heavy comfort foods. The gym becomes a distract memory and the concept of a well-balanced diet is now a foreign concept. The aftermath of the holidays takes its toll, and I spend months eating healthy and hitting the gym trying to feel better physically and mentally. Sound familiar? I feel like I can’t be the only one who suffers from a holiday bender of sorts. And this girl needs a holiday detox.
Well, this year I’m shaking things up. Come January, I am willing myself to be a fully-functioning, well rested, healthy, somewhat well balanced, non-hungover human. Now that I’ve hit the big 3-0, I feel like the excuses for excessive drinking are dwindling as is my metabolism. Just by looking at my skin, you can now tell how much sleep I’ve gotten and what I’ve been putting into my body. Long gone are the days of the big 2-0 where I could eat pizza for breakfast, lunch, and dinner then drink 3 bottles of Boones Farm and get 5 hours of sleep while not gaining a single pound and looking like a fresh faced, well rested collegiate who totally had their act together. Pretty sure “fake it til ya make it” was my mantra back in the day, and boy were those the days. But for better or worse, I’m getting older and my body is screaming at me to make some major changes. Here are some ways that I’m switching up the status-quo this holiday season:
· Bye-bye booze. You read that correctly, and it pains me to even type it. I’m the queen of the vino, a tequila aficionado, and a dark beer connoisseur. But this holiday season, I’m skipping the liquid meals. I haven’t had a drink in over a week and I was a sober sally on Thanksgiving. I thought it was going to be really weird, you know, the holidays are made for drinking… right?! Wrong. The holidays are about spending time with those you love and showing gratitude for the incredible life you have been blessed with. Did you know it’s a lot easier to spend quality time with family and friends when you aren’t half in the bag? I had such heartfelt and meaningful conversations on Thanksgiving this year, it was so refreshing. And to top it off, I was overjoyed on Black Friday to not be popping Tums and Advil to help me function and deal with the mass hysteria that is the suburban shopper.
· Gluttony is a deadly sin for a reason. Overeating and not eating a balanced diet can wreak havoc on your body for weeks to come. I always feel like I have a ton of bricks in my stomach for days after Thanksgiving from the motherload of stuffing and potatoes I shove down my throat. But did you know that the first 3 to 4 bites of something actually taste the best and the rest is just a filler? Google it if you don’t take my word for it. This year, I’m going with smaller portions and although I need to get better about adding greenery to my plate, I’ve been feeling less bloated and the scale isn’t giving me nightmares. In addition to portion control, there are so many parties and get togethers this time of year, and I know someone will always be bringing the filling appetizer dishes and dessert is ALWAYS covered 3 times over. I’ve started going the fresh fruit or veggie tray route to help balance the good with the bad.
· No, you can’t sleep when you’re dead. Not getting enough sleep will actually kill you. Your body needs rest and running it ragged by overcommitting yourself, staying out too late, and drinking and eating garbage is the perfect storm for a horrible night’s sleep and worse yet it weakens your immune system. I think we can all agree that being sick during the holiday season is miserable. Getting rest, learning to say no when I have too much going on, and making myself and my health a priority are key focuses for me. I know I’ll feel so much better, and so will you! Plus, how great would it be to stop trying to catch up on sleep (which is totally not achievable anyways).
This is such a magical time of the year, and I’m thinking twice about how it can be the most enjoyable for me. I know it’s going to be a struggle, but I challenge you to join me in a holiday detox and work towards to being the best version of yourself this holiday season. Its ok to be a little selfish, and its more than ok to recognize what you need. It’s a time of giving of yourself to those near and dear to you, so give them your best self. And top it off by starting the New Year without scrambling to undo a bunch of holiday-induced damage. Let’s connect in January and let me know how you’re feeling!