9 Simple Ways to Keep Healthy for the Holidays and beyond

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We’ve come up with 9 simple ways for you to stay healthy and de-stress in between the gingerbread cookies and toasting in the New Year.

Challenge Yourself:  Fall is actually a prime time for setting physical goals in order to reap the rewards by swimsuit season. Be sure to work out and shed those holiday pounds with a new routine. Try spinning, Pilates, or yoga to stay fit and keep holiday calories at bay. Start a neighborhood fitness group, or workout with others. Any form of exercise, new or routine can help.

Eat Seasonal Produce, Veg Out:  Enjoy fresh vegetables and fruits for the holidays by shopping at your local Farmers Market. By choosing seasonal foods, you will likely get a cleaner food because fewer pesticides are needed. Some nourishing seasonal foods to add to your meal menu this fall: Southern California citrus, avocados, green vegetables, berries and pomegranates. Visit www.cafarmersmkts.com for locations near you.

Change Out Fats:  Use coconut oil when roasting and cooking for the holidays to cut down on fat. Also, try Simple Mill’s muffin and cookies mixes. Higher in protein and lower in sugar, gluten-free and non-GMO certified, made with nutrient-rich ingredients like almond flour and coconut sugar.  Available at www.simplemills.com

Happy Herbs: Build your own herbal garden by adding your favorites and place it on your patio or outside your kitchen to pick when needed. Herbs carry unique anti-oxidants, essential-oils, and vitamins, which help equip our body to fight against germs, toxins and to boost immunity level. Visit www.naturalyards.com/planter-boxes

Relax and De-stress from Holiday Chaos: Give yourself a hot bath with epson salts and lavender oil, and let the day’s chaos melt away. Stop: take a few ten minute breaks through out the day to de-stress, breath and meditate. Or, why not hop on the adult coloring book trend and let your inner child out. Visit www.4imprint.com/product/132537-P

Add Vitamin D: Experts suggest it’s always beneficial to add some Vitamin D. If your vitamin D levels are low, talk to your doctor about supplementation and incorporate vitamin D-rich foods into your diet. Why not use One Love Organics Vitamin D Moisture Mist to tone and prep your skin to better absorb your favorite creams and serums. Featuring nutrient-rich oils and a time-release delivery system, this multitasking formula gives continual, long-lasting hydration. Packed with antioxidants, it also defends your skin against damaging free radicals for a healthier, clearer complexion. Available at www.dermstore.com

Fashionably Fit: Get fit in style with the smart fitness watches built with revolutionary features like PurePulse® heart rate, Connected GPS, on-screen workouts and more. Track all-day activity, exercise and sleep. Whether you want to use heart rate to take your fitness to the next level or just want to see how your steps add up each day, there’s a Fitbit tracker for your goals. Available at fitbit.com

Hydrate More: Eat hydrating foods that are loaded with good fats, such as wild salmon or coconut, olive and avocado oils. Don’t forget about other areas that are prone to dryness, such as hair and nails. Try an evening facial made with the purée of a ripened avocado and apply the pulp to your face. Keep the pulp on your face for five minutes and then rinse. The oil in the avocado softens skin and contains Vitamin E, which helps heal dry skin. Visit www.naturalbeautytips.co/homemade-avocado-face-mask-recipe/

Active Edge: A good night’s sleep is essential for overall wellness and maintaining a good quality of life. Active Edge™ technology is capable of infusing and embedding a recipe of electromagnetic frequencies into fabrics and other materials. Products are geared to help improve sleep, and more specifically, REM restorative sleep. Have the ability to fall asleep faster and sleep longer with a significant decrease in soreness, stiffness and pain from the back and neck.  Available at www.activeedgegea

It only takes a few small tweaks to your diet and fitness habits to get you well on your way. Even if you can only tackle one of the above healthy suggestions, it should help alleviate holiday stress, as well as daily anxiety into the New Year.