For many of us the festive season involves eating, drinking and being merry while spending time with the people we love. Are you one of the many people who usually wakes up in the New Year feeling that just maybe you’ve over indulged and you wish you hadn’t celebrated quite as much? Instead of making life much harder for yourself why not take a few simple steps now that will stand you in good stead for the coming New Year. Try adding a little raw food into your diet, raw food is as nature intended contains fibre, living enzymes as well as more vitamins and it certainly doesn’t have to be restricted to bowl of salad. My Raw Christmas Cake is divine and super easy to make. It doesn’t taste raw and you really feel like you are having a treat. The recipe is below.
Another suggestion is to try eating more wholefoods and less packaged and prepared items. By spending a small amount of time in the kitchen batch cooking you can save yourself time, money and even your health. Using fresh and local ingredients is so much nicer than any pre-package food. It’s amazing how many vegetables you can hide by making your own meals. I can easily get 5 portions of vegetables in a Cottage Pie or Bolognaise Sauce and that’s without the vegetables on the side.
Sleep is one of the things that suffers at this time of year too. You really need to be protecting your sleep like a new born baby. It’s so important to our health and wellbeing and you need to ensure you are getting proper restful sleep. If you don’t you will be more susceptible to catching bugs and take longer to recover too.
Even if you don’t normally exercise I’m going to suggest that you start by adding a short walk each day into your routine. It might be a quick walk around the block before lunch or dinner or even making a real commitment to always use the stairs instead of the lift. Don’t wait until the New Year, start now and you will soon feel the difference. Even just 5 minutes a day will have an impact. The secret is to do things slowly and don’t commit to hours of exercise to start with when you know you’re never going to maintain it.
During the hustle and bustle of Christmas it’s all too easy to forget to take some precious time just for you but it’s so important that we feel our needs are being met. Take 10 minutes to sit quietly and recharge your batteries and try not to focus on anything in particular. Relax and enjoy just “being”.
So try these 5 tips – a little raw food, more wholefoods, protect your sleep, take a little exercise each day, throw in some “me” time and you will feel so much better.
Now for my recipe…
Raw Christmas Cake