Natural ways to stay healthy over the holidays

The colder weather has arrived, which means less access to fresh local produce and busier-than-normal schedules during the holiday rush. Even though it’s the season to be jolly, your body might not agree. But the changing season doesn’t have to derail your health goals.

Here are five simple reminders to keep you feeling – and staying – healthy through all the cheer:

Keep up with your sleep routine. It’s more important than ever to get enough rest at this time of year, as your body needs to properly detox from extra drinks or indulgent treats consumed. Maintaining a good sleep routine will also keep your immune system strong and protect against seasonal flus that could be circulating while out and about at social gatherings. If you tend to sleep over at family or friends’ homes and the bed isn’t up to par, joint pain can ensue. Consider including some turmeric (freshly ground or in powder form) into your regime to combat inflammation.

Be mindful of what you’re putting in your body. While attending functions there is no shortage of food and drinks, and of course it’s important to kick back and indulge from time to time. However, too much of anything isn’t good. Make sure you’re prepared with natural, festive alternatives, like chai tea instead of hot chocolate or kombucha with fruit instead of alcohol.

Take a moment for yourself. Remember that book that you were supposed to read ages ago? Or how about the gift card for a massage you got on your last birthday? Pencil in downtime for you to relax from the hustle and bustle — anything that allows you to decompress in a way that’s unique to you. An even bigger plus is that you’ll be your best self for others and be able to manage stress much more effectively.

Take advantage of the outdoors. Explore fun activities to do with family and friends so that everyone gets outside and stays active. Choose things you love to do so it doesn’t feel like another chore or commitment. Try ice skating, skiing, walking through your neighbourhood to check out the beautiful lights, or tobogganing down a nearby hill. If going outside in a snowstorm seems overwhelming, do a quick workout at home. These simple acts can allow you to reset, increase your endorphins and keep you feeling well during a time of year that can be ever so indulgent.

Visit your local Canadian Health Food Association member store for supplements and organic produce that help with your sleep and nourish and support your health all winter long. Find your nearest location.