Holiday Survival Guide: How to Heal Your Body During and After the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

There’s food, booze, desserts and candy galore and sometimes we go a little overboard with it all. Bad news: it can make you feel quite icky. Good news: it’s not the end of the world AND you can bounce back. Even if you drank the WHOLE bottle of wine or had all of the desserts, there are things we can do to help our bodies rebound and get back on a healthier track.

Here’s a survival guide to overboozing, overdoing it on sugar and carb over-loading…

For when you’ve had too much to drink:

  • If you are reading this before a event flowing with wine, whiskey or beer, or whatever it may be, drink lots of water while you booze

  • Before you go to bed, down two full glasses of water, one with an electrolyte enhancer (Nuun is my favorite)

  • Continue to hydrate throughout the entire next day

  • Consider having a green juice with spinach, celery, cucumber, green apple lemon and ginger

  • Do some exercise - try taking a long walk, a slow-flow yoga class, or something with little impact

For when you’ve had alllllll the desserts:

  • Try ending your evening or starting your next day with some ginger tea to help with inflammation that can arise from excess sugar intake

  • Incorporate ground flax seed into your meals throughout the day - throw some in a smoothie or sprinkle onto a salad

  • Eat healthy fats from foods like avocados, nuts or seeds, or peanut butter to help stabilize your blood sugar

  • Do some exercise - burn off the excess sugar circulating around with a HIIT workout or cardio intervals

For when you’ve carb over-loaded:

  • Take a walk after having a super carb-heavy meal to burn off excess sugar floating around in the bloodstream

  • Drink two full glasses of water before bed

  • Eat a protein-rich breakfast the next day like a protein shake or smoothie, a tofu scramble or an omelet 

  • Exercise - go for a brisk walk for at least 30 minutes, or do the stair master, or elliptical at a higher resistance; you can also hop on a treadmill and raise the incline

And if you didn’t catch my Three Holiday Health Tips, remember to enjoy this time of year, find balance where you can and live guilt-free!

Here’s to enjoying the holiday season rather than merely surviving it!