Our Guide to a Healthy Holiday

The holiday season has officially begun, and it’s no secret that all the decadent eating, late night festivities, extra cocktails, and hectic travel can take a toll. But, it doesn’t have to feel so crazy. We’ve put together a guide to all our favorite ways to keep the holidays feeling festive and healthy!

GET YOUR HOME IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

Whether or not a Christmas tree is in your plans, there’s an easy way to add a little winter cheer to your home: a room mist! A great treat for yourself and an easy (affordable!) hostess gift for all those parties you’ve got on your agenda.


What you need:

- 4oz glass spray bottle (we’re partial to recycling our used face mist bottles!)

- 2 tbs Everclear (or other grain alcohol)

- 1 tsp cedarwood essential oil or bay laurel essential oil

Combine the two ingredients, fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water and shake it up. Spritz it around your living room and watch your mood instantly improve!


Another combination we like: 1 tsp lavender essential oil, with ½ tsp jasmine essential oil make for a relaxing pillow spray.


Image via Wit and Delight


SNEAK SOME SUPERFOODS INTO YOUR SWEETS

One of our favorite holiday pastimes is baking. And let’s face it, you can’t say no to a cookie or two this time of year. Whether you’re baking for a cookie exchange, a gift for coworkers or just for fun, this recipe for healthy almond and cinnamon Christmas stars is sure to be a hit.

But how could these be healthy? This recipe swaps coconut sugar in for white sugar, which means they’re much lower on the glycemic index and won’t give you a crazy sugar rush. Plus, they’ve got ground almonds, superfood chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon (an anti-inflammatory!) and vanilla. Bonus points for the fact that they make your kitchen smell incredible. Call it aromatherapy!


Recipe and images via Heavenlynn Healthy

TAKE A NIGHT OFF

It may feel impossible to find time for self-care in the midst of a packed party schedule, but try to sneak it in. Ditch your plans one night, kick off your shoes and spend the evening giving yourself the gift of relaxation. Try taking a bath with Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender or star jasmine. Spend a few minutes indulging in a face mask (your skin will thank you!) or two. Snuggle up in bed with a book and maybe even go to sleep early. You’ll wake up feeling recharged and ready to take on the remainder of your month.

STICK TO YOUR GOOD ROUTINES

Whether it is ten minutes of meditation each morning, a quick stop at the gym or a daily hike with your dog, make sure to stick to your healthy routines. Giving yourself a little structure and sticking with healthy habits will keep you feeling sane and likely help you avoid getting sick too!

STAY HYDRATED

We preach it all year long, but there’s no more important time than the holidays to load up on water. Between the cold weather, the drying indoor heat and the extra food and drinks, it’s not hard to get dehydrated around the holidays. Drink your 8+ glasses of water each day to keep your skin looking glowy (and to ward off headaches and/or extra toxins after a night out!).