Healthy Happy Tips for the Holiday Season

Tomorrow is December 1st – which means time to start preparing for snow and the holiday season!  Below are some tips for the holidays:                             

Eat Red and Green Foods

DetoxFoodSmThe more colourful the food, the more nutritious the food. Red food (such as peppers, berries, etc.) are high in vitamins A and C and lycopene.  Green foods (such as broccoli, kale, beans, spinach) are great for your digestion and liver, and are high in vitamin C and iron. Have at least 1 red and 1 green food everyday!

Embrace the Holiday Joy!

Holidays are an entire experience – it’s about sharing, cooking, socializing and decorating. Socializing and creating (such as baking cookies, making gifts, and decorating) natural raises dopamine and serotonin levels in your brain, which are mood elevating (or joy) molecules

Cook with Ginger as Your Holiday Spice

gingerbread houseThere is more that you can do with ginger than just gingerbread houses! Ginger is a great addition to sweet foods and drinks like apple cider, tea, cookies, breads, and eggnog. Ginger is also wonderful for savoury dishes like curry, chicken, quinoa, and salad. Ginger is a great digestive aid, blood sugar regulator and metabolism booster.

Peppermint, It’s Wonderful Herb

 Peppermint may be a delicious holiday candy, but it is also a wonderful medicinal herb. As a tea, peppermint helps with indigestion, heart burn, anxiety, and fatigue. As an essential oil, peppermint helps with muscle cramping and pain (remember to dilute essential oil with a carrier oil first before putting it on the skin).

What are some of your healthy happy tips for this holiday season????

About healthyhappynaturopathy

I am a board certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor working in Newmarket and Maple, Ontario I am an advocate of individualized and specialized medicine, about treating individuals as a whole, and evoking our own healing properties. To me, being happy is being healthy, and health flourishes with a positive mindset.
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