Hope you had a fabulous Merry Christmas and are enjoying the holiday season! The kdo team is just getting back to the “office” after a super relaxing (sleeping til 10am anyone?), family filled (4 Christmases, boom!), and laughter flowing (so hard that my face hurt) week.
Did you happen to indulge and feast these last couple of weeks like me? Eeeee, I loved it. I love this time of year.
I indulged a little more than normal (port wine, brie cheese, coconut cookies….) annnnd by the 26th, my fingers and face were a little swollen, my mood a little down, digestion a little off, and my energy low.
I used to beat myself up about this, saying, “Why couldn’t I just eat healthy all week? It’s about the festivities, family, and experience, Katie.” It is AND what I’ve further uncovered is that part of my experience and joy in life IS the food. Savoring the flavors, textures, richness, colors, nostalgia, and the conversations over it.
For me, it’s no longer about being perfect about what I eat, but rather choosing quality foods and being present. It helps that I know exactly how to bring my body back in balance, too.
Sometimes self-care is just as important in the aftermath of something, as it is in the prevention.
Here’s my blueprint for recouping + rebooting after the holiday food storm:
1. Ground yourself at the beginning of the day – Bottom line, take time for yourself to recalibrate. Don’t let the hustle and bustle continue forever. Create a 10-minute morning ritual (hot water with lemon, stretching, gratitude list, etc.).
When we start our mornings with chaos, rush, and focusing on everything and everyone but ourselves – we launch ourselves into our day with that exact same tone, lack of appreciation, and inability to choose much good for ourselves. Thus, making choices for food that is actually good for us, not just our taste buds, relaxation, and movement, exponentially more difficult – it feels chaotic and we have nothing to ground ourselves. So we continue with the crazy chaotic cycle and unwanted choices.
Jonathan Fields, who studied this exact morning routine phenomenon states that “We can work comfortably with uncertainty when we know we’re grounded and safe in the basic parts of our lives.”
2. Reduce inflammation & puffiness
Cookies, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and more can all have ingredients that lead to dehydration, contain common food sensitivities, and increase acidity in the body… leading to inflammation, i.e. puffy face/hands/body, sore joints, sluggishness, skin blemishes and more. Here are 2 foods/supplements that help to reduce inflammation immediately:
Frankincense Essential Oil – reduces inflammation and boost the immune system.
Fermented Fish oil – reduces inflammation in the body and the gut (i.e. no more puffy face, stomach, and fingers). Favorite brand: Green Pastures.
Hemp seed, flax seed, and chia seed – oil or whole seed. 1-2 T./day in smoothies, juices, or drizzled as oil on veggies or salad.
3. Get toxins/waste out.
Epsom salt baths – Epsom salts contain magnesium, a mineral most people are now deficient in. Magnesium helps to relax the body (including the digestive tract) and relieve muscle aches and pains. Additionally, the minerals in Epsom salts are detoxifying. Epsom salt baths can stimulate the lymphatic system and support the immune system. Use 1-2 c. salts/bath. Take 2-3 baths/week.
CALM powder (magnesium) – over-the-counter supplement of the mineral magnesium in powder form. Helps to relax the muscles in the body, contributes with hundreds of functions, and draws water into the intestines to keep bowels moving and eliminating quickly.
Activated Charcoal – Take directly after you’ve eaten food(s) you don’t do well with. It binds with the offensive food, toxins, or low quality ingredients and gets it out of the body – especially gluten. Note this can bind with medications as well, so be sure to consult your doctor.
Lemon Essential Oil – Supports the liver and the bodies natural detoxification process.
4. Support digestion.
Probiotics or fermented foods – both contain enzymes and healthy bacteria that help to re-balance your gut flora and boost your immune system.
Peppermint Essential Oil or a Digestive Essential Oil blend – both help to reduce gas, bloating, and inflammation in the gut.
5. Focus on the “why” instead of “what” and then let it go and LIVE.
Beating yourself up? Wish you didn’t eat as much? Can’t understand why you didn’t eat healthier? Instead of coming down on yourself and thinking you’ll be stuck, focus only on the “why” of what and how much you ate. Once you uncover and understand that, habits and choices easily change.
Happy Rebooting & New Year Resolution Making!