After months of changes in how we spend time with one another and move through daily life, we are looking towards 2022 with hope and optimism. Even though December can be a stressful month, you can stay on track and even pick up a few new healthy habits by:
- Drinking half your body weight in ounces of water – supports all metabolic functions
- Eating or snacking every 2-3 hours – this helps your body stabilize blood sugar levels
- Minimizing sweets & treats, white bread/pasta/rice – also helps you stabilize blood sugar
- Drinking more green tea than coffee – it’s a gentle, healthy stimulant
- Eating cruciferous veggies – cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale. They support healthy liver and gallbladder function –two busy organs dealing with the goodies, alcohol, and rich foods during the Holidays
- Getting 7-9 hours of nightly sleep – regenerates, heals, resets healthy balance in your body
- Moving/stretching/walking/exercising at least 10 minutes each day – keeps you flexible and bright
Be gentle with yourself and take time two to three days a week to do something nice. Perhaps sit somewhere quietly and journal or read poetry for 10 minutes. Meet a friend for a walk or a cup of tea. Find bath salts or essential oils that feel relaxing and have a 15-minute soak.
The Holidays are always a time for increased gratitude and I am immensely thankful for you. Wishing you and your loved ones a restful and healthy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year!
Dr. Mary Warren, DC