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Refresh Your Holiday Hormone Approach

6 Fridays until Christmas!!

The holidays have a way of imploring ALL of the feelings, from excitement, to joy, to loneliness, to stress and dread. While I personally look forward to the holidays each year, I also experience plenty of overwhelm, typically elevated by busier schedules, less sleep and the pressure to get everyone the PERFECT gift.

While I’m not quite sure what this year will bring as far as holiday gatherings and seeing the majority of family, I do know it’s now just as important as ever to protect our health and support our hormones during these times.


1. Mindfully Enjoy The Holiday Foods You Love / Pass On Those You Don’t

For many of us, the holidays can be particularly stressful due to the desire/pressure to indulge in all of the holiday foods and beverages. While it’s fun to partake, it often leaves us feeling lethargic and bloated, and can impact everything from our sleep, to our mood, to our motivation and sex drive (all makings of hormonal function/health).

One of my tried and true holiday mantras — mindfully enjoy the holiday foods you love, and pass on those you don’t.

Oftentimes I’ll have clients make a list and write out all of the holiday foods they absolutely love and look forward to every single year. Traditions like their grandma’s pumpkin pie or baking chocolate thumbprint cookies (or for me personally it’s stuffing and mashed potatoes). Any food that feels special, or like you feel you’d be missing out on the holiday season if you didn’t enjoy can be added to this list. Then I tell clients to give themselves permission to mindfully indulge in any of these favorite foods, without ANY guilt.

On the flip side, they’re also instructed to write out the holiday foods they don’t really care about but will end up mindlessly snacking on because they’re there, only to feel sick and stuffed afterwards. I then tell them to limit or pass on these foods as much as possible, as they are simply clutter foods taking up space that could instead be used for the foods they truly love.

You can try this practice by writing out an actual list (the act of writing it down can be extremely instrumental/motivational in sticking to your goals) or you can just use this mantra to help you be more mindful of what you indulge in.

Either way, the less clutter foods you consume, the more room you’ll have to mindfully indulge in the foods you truly love this holiday season, leading to more joy and hopefully less tummy troubles.

2. Upgrade Traditional Recipes with A Healthy Twist

If you really want to make a positive impact on your gut and hormones this season, try upgrading the traditional recipes you love with a healthy twist.

I absolutely love this challenge, and will find ways to make even my most favorite recipes more nutrient-dense and less inflammatory, which will help your hormones function, keeping you feeling and looking your best as a result.

Some of my favorite healthy holiday ingredient swaps include:

+ Almond, coconut or all purpose gluten free flour for all purpose flour

+ Coconut cream for whipping cream

+ Ghee for butter

+ Coconut milk for milk

+ Avocado oil for canola/vegetable oil

+ Cauliflower rice for grains

+ Maple syrup or dates for sugar

+ Bone broth for a liquid/broth

+ Arrowroot for a thickener (used for the gravy to go with my indulgent mashed potatoes)

+ Nutritional yeast for cheese

+ Fermented or gluten-free sourdough for wheat/white bread

+ Cacao powder for cocoa powder

+ Dark chocolate for milk chocolate

While not every swap may suit your needs, most of these will work as successful substitutes in many of your favorite traditional recipes, from mashed potatoes to cranberry sauce to Christmas cookies.

3. Drink Plenty of Water

There’s no way around it, proper hydration is crucial for every aspect of vitality and health, and all of our organs (especially our brains) depend on water to function optimally. Low levels of hydration can weaken your adrenals and hinder your body’s ability to eliminate harmful toxins and excess hormones. Dehydration also contributes to your body’s inability to absorb nutrients from your food.