‘Tis the Season for Balance and Health

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This time of year can get incredibly stressful with all the holiday parties, kids’ activities, work, bills, Christmas shopping, and so on. Every year I find myself getting caught up in the frenzy.

Often the holiday stress is accompanied by bad eating habits and lack of exercise—which in turn just contributes to the stress! The challenge becomes how can you calm the mind before the stress does some major damage to the body?

Not easy, is it? We all know it’s supposed to be about balance—but balance can feel like a pretty ambitious goal. Balance is a self-driven choice—and at this time of year it is a choice that can be harder to make than ever.  But here’s the thing: our bodies need us to nourish them with foods full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants at the exact same time that our minds need us to not feel like everyone around us is indulging in the holidays while we are depriving ourselves.

It is not about deprivation. As you probably guessed, a happy medium is the key. Yes, you most certainly can and should jump into the fun with worthwhile splurges. The holidays are about being with your family, friends, and loved ones, about being fully present in the moment, and definitely not about being anxious that you might be getting off-track. To support you finding balance, over the next few posts we will share ideas and strategies to help you enjoy the holidays fully, without depravation or drastic rules, all while giving yourself the care you need and deserve

Be conscious of what you’re eating.

Once again, the goal here is not self-deprivation. Exactly the opposite: the goal is to truly enjoy the food you’re eating. Avoid mindless eating. If you want to indulge? Great. Go for it. Indulge. Just make sure you’re truly enjoying each and every bite and sip.

When you do indulge, then reset to your healthy habits at the next meal or the next day. Instead of saying, “I’ll begin again in January” let each day be an opportunity for a fresh start. Find a healthy reset that works for you, right after you splurge. This makes it so much easier to keep yourself from going too far down into a hole you can’t dig yourself out of later on. Here’s a personal example: I drink my 32 ounces of cold-pressed green everyday to start my day off right.

This is why I drink my green juice religiously:

Adding green juice to your diet is one of the best ways to increase your life force energy. When we juice fruits and vegetables, we separate out the fiber, leaving the liquid that contains live enzymes, chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals. Removing the fiber allows the nutrients to be released immediately into your cells and bloodstream in a form that’s easy to assimilate.

Drinking green juice on a regular basis combined with cleansing has amazing effects on your body. Chlorophyll (found in all green plants and juices) safely eliminates toxins on a cellular level while flooding the body with super rich minerals and nutrients. A 16-ounce juice contains the nutrients of approximately four to six pounds of veggies.
Our signature green juice is hugely boosted by kale, which is great for digestion and filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate, and magnesium. It’s an extremely valuable source of absorbable calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Most importantly, it’s packed with chlorophyll, which increases oxygen circulation throughout the bloodstream. Other powerhouse ingredients in our green juices include:

Spinach — an amazing food to incorporate into cleansing because it’s high in protein and an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. It’s also a key source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, and choline.

Parsley – a super herb with medical healing properties and heavy metal detoxification properties. Parsley is rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin C, B 12, K and A. Parsley keeps your immune system strong, tones your bones and heals the nervous system, too. It helps flush out excess fluid from the body, thus supporting kidney function. It contains very high amounts of vitamin C and helps cleanse and maintain the elasticity of the blood vessels allowing it to be helpful in detoxifying the liver, kidneys and urinary tract.

Lemons– known to relieve digestion problems including nausea, heartburn, and parasites. It is a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin B, riboflavin and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Lemon has even been known to reduce fever, cure respiratory issues, and act as a blood purifier.

Romaine–one of the most common green veggies around. Don’t let its mild, buttery flavor fool you, romaine is full of iron, calcium, manganese, and chromium, and is high in vitamins A, K, C, and E. It’s also low in calories and has fiber that will help you feel fuller longer. This particular lettuce will kick start your body into weight-loss mode.

Apples — are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in them may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

Cucumbers—the juice of cucumbers contains lots of potassium and magnesium that work effectively to help regulate blood pressure while also promoting flexibility in our muscles. Cucumber also aids in kidney, liver, and pancreatic functions. And because it’s so hydrating, it’s also known to enhance elasticity and rejuvenate skin cells and improve our complexions.

In case you’re not convinced, here are a few more reasons to add these nutrient-rich, power-packed drinks into your daily regimen. They:

-Detoxify the body

-Boost your immune system

-Give your skin a healthy glow

-Promote weight management/loss

-Increase energy

-Improve mental clarity

To help you stay balanced this season find simple and easy ways, like drinking green juice, to integrate power foods into your holiday celebrations. In a season of giving, be generous and giving to yourself—give yourself permission to fully enjoy the holidays and take care of yourself at the same time.