Holiday Prep Tips

The holiday craze is here and we've got some prep ideas for you. We believe in building healthy and energized individuals, families and communities. It’s important to us that you have the best resources to tackle whatever comes your way throughout this holiday season and in general. Incorporating 1 or 2 of these tips will have a massive impact in the next coming weeks. Share these tips with a family member or friend who has expressed their concerns about this holiday season and help continue the conversation of feeling relieved both mentally and physically.   


Stay Hydrated

We’ve all been there--it’s 4 pm and you can’t remember the last time you’ve had a drink of water. Staying hydrated becomes even more important when you’re scrambling around trying to get last-minute shopping or projects completed before the holidays considering dehydration can increase blood sugar levels and leave you feeling exhausted and moody. Try leaving a large glass of water on your nightstand to drink first thing in the morning, or pack a water bottle in your work bag the night before. Setting a reminder on your phone or blocking time in your calendar for a mid-day water check-in can also be helpful. It’s not silly, it’s productive because it ensures you are filling your glass first which is a key to success while caring for others.  


Focus on Protein

Protein is the most satiating macronutrient as it helps to rebuild tissues. Think: hair, skin and nail health. Protein keeps you feeling strong and full while regulating your blood sugar and preventing those spikes and dips that lead to unpleasant moods. Preparing a high-protein snack beforehand will help you feel in control in the midst of the endless refined carbohydrate and sugar tables you typically see at holiday parties. Bonus? A high-protein snack will help calm any anxiety you may feel while attending holiday parties and will help your body handle those holiday cocktails a bit more efficiently. We offer various on-the-go proteins such as hard-boiled eggs, Turkey Zucchini Burger Bites and Oven Roasted Chicken Breast


Go for the Mocktail

While enjoying a festive cocktail during the holiday season can be a big part of celebrating with friends and family, try incorporating some fun alcohol-free beverages to help you feel more alert and vibrant. Opting for sparkling water in place of a spirit can help reduce some of the strain on your liver that’s working extra hard to help support you during this busy and out-of-routine time. We have all-natural cocktail mixes from Slurp in our pantry for delicious, fun mocktails this season. 



When things get overwhelming and you feel like there isn’t enough time to check everything off your list, try to outsource where you can! There’s no shame in getting help whether it’s by choosing catering, grocery delivery, or a meal delivery service like AIYANA. Simplifying and prioritizing what is most important by writing out a list of must-dos, can-dos and no-chance dos can be a real game changer during the holidays and help you enjoy more of the festivities.  


Walk it Out

If a full workout feels like too much, try to make a walk outside a non-negotiable. Turn this into a family activity and spark the idea of an after-dinner walk to take in the magic of all the twinkling lights in your neighbourhood. The fresh air combined with the separation from screens can give your mind a much-needed break. Let your body move through any stagnant energy and help you better digest all the yummy goodness from your holiday-inspired meals.  


Shift Your Mindset

Meditation may not be for everyone and can feel even more impossible in a busy house during the holidays. Taking time for yourself, whether that’s on a walk, sitting in your car, sipping tea or waking up a few minutes early before everyone can be effective tools to clear your head. Visualize everything working out and falling into place, and sit with those feelings of relief and comfort. It’s like giving yourself a big hug and knowing that you can and will make it through. 

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