Hey Shining Stars. I pray that you all had an amazing Thanksgiving. Whether you were at home with family, doing the solo dinner thing, or making new traditions with the family of your choosing…i.e. your friends, I hope it was awesome!
So, now that you’ve eaten yourself into oblivion for the holidays, given your “what I’m thankful for” soliloquy at the dinner table, and then the Monday after comes and it’s back to work; it’s very easy to complain and mumble about the reset. However, at the end of the day…WE NEED TO SNAP BACK TO IT!
So to help you with that, myself, along with the amazing - Mommy-preneur, Blogger and Paleo Health & Wellness Guru – Krishna Davenport have a set of things for ya!
I encourage you to push past the week-after drag, the food coma blahs, and CREATE! Whether you work on a solo project, collaborate with a friend or colleague, or just find a new book that will deposit something substantial into your life; just find something to contribute to yourself, your goals, your passions or whatever. Make a to-do list of what you want to knock out before year-end and get cracking on that!
I also say, find one person in your circle that could use your help and offer it. Now let’s be clear…your HELP, not your opinions, not your judgements, not your personal quest to recreate them or “fix” them…but your genuine assistance with something that will propel them forward by year-end. Be that money, prayer, a good group outing, quiet wine and chatting, a movie night, a two-step, a double date, book-keeping, your creative input or execution…or just a listening ear as they vent and/or brainstorm. Being there for someone is a great way to sow seeds of success for yourself when you do it with no expectation of any reward, aside from seeing them win!
Now for the physical and health/wellness return to humanity and whatever your “norm” is, Guest Blogger Krishna Davenport has a few notes for you. Krishna is the founder of Baobab Wellness and I knew she’d be perfect to talk about her specialty…the recovery of ones sensibilities for health and wellness – especially given the response from our last touch on fitness and sisters encouraging each other to get it right was so overwhelming!
From the desk of Krishna Davenport…
It’s plate number three and you’ve managed to pull yourself away from the table, but not before packing your to-go containers to munch on throughout the weekend. Like a scene from “Groundhog Day,” this was a routine I repeated every year during the holidays, all while swearing I’d never do it again…but did.
These days I spend less time beating myself up about the inevitable over-eating that comes with the holidays, and more time on “rehabbing” and getting back to my healthy, active Paleo life sooner. It hasn’t always been an easy journey because, well…PIE. So here are a few tips to get you back to your awesomely fit self without too much sacrifice.
Have Healthy Alternatives at Your Fingertips: When I start my holiday meal shopping, I always make sure I purchase at least one full day of Paleo meals for the after holiday detox. Buy lots of in-season fruits and vegetables and prep meals that can go from freezer to oven without too much work. This tip helps my family get back on track ASAP because there is little thought into what’s to eat.
Drink Lots of Water: Water is a natural way to cleanse your body, removing toxins and waste with every sip, so there is no need to take on one of these crazy detoxes (cayenne, lemon juice and maple syrup- YUCK) to force your body into shock. Regular H2O is great, but if you can find it, alkaline water is an even better alternative.
*Tip: Invest in an infuser and add citrus fruit or berries as a natural sweetener. Here’s my favorite infuser: Fruit Infuser Water Bottle
Step Up Your Exercise Routine: We’re all busy and rushing but there’s no reason to skip your routine. I practice Yoga every day, especially the “morning after.” Poses like
* Apanasana – knees hugged to chest
* Setu Bandha Sarvangasana – bridge pose,
* Halasana- plow pose
will help balance your gastric system and minimize bloating. Not into Yoga? Walking is an incredibly easy way to kick up your routine as well. 10,000 steps daily is the equivalent to a five mile run, and is the perfect boost after a huge meal that leaves you wanting to curl up in bed and watch the “Unsung” marathon on TV One.
However, the best tip I can offer is ditch the guilt! The holidays are about enjoying food, family and celebrating life. And there is no better health tip than choosing to be happy. So smile, live, and well…let them eat cake :)
So Shining Starrs, you have a great starter kit to the rest of this year. Resolution season is coming, but guess what, if you ARE ready, you won’t have to GET ready! There will be nothing to resolve if you are already planning and executing now. In the New Year it will just be a continuation of the situation, or kicking it into a new gear; not reinventing your wheel.
Please make sure that you go to (and subscribe) Baobab Wellness. Krishna offers everything from recipes, to personal testimonies, to great product and service reviews and suggestions. And if you were a bit lost…she will explain what Paleo means too! Lol
She’s also one of my TRIBE and a dope female to associate yourself with (and super-duper funny), so I’d say get on it and follow her on social media as well!
Oh, and if I did not say it, please know that I am thankful for each and everyone one of YOU! Your continued support still never ceases to amaze and move me. And with my birthday on the way, I will have a gift for you to say thank you. Look out for a few MTE Holiday giveaways, info on my bornday celebration plans (all are welcome) and of course the new annual MtE Holiday gift list.