After a weekend filled with food, family, friends, photos, and travel it’s time to show some love to you and your body this week. So here are the top 5 things to do for yourself.
Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time to spend with family and eat food that only comes once a year. But with all the fun can also come some added stress.
The holidays can bring an excess amount of people, food, and photos. It can be chaotic at times. Then we have to jump right back into the work week and prepare for the next holiday to come. That’s why I think this is the perfect time to do a mini-refresh of our mind, body, and soul.
Here are the Top 5 Things You Should Do For Yourself after Thanksgiving weekend or any other holiday:
1.) Drink Lots of Water!
With the buttery and sugary foods we’ve had over the weekend, our bodies need some extra rehydration. That means lots of fresh water.
I know water wasn’t my first choice of a drink while eating my Thanksgiving meals…yes I said meals because all I ate for 2 days straight was leftovers, and I loved every minute of it! But by the end of the weekend my poor body was wanting lots of water.
So, first thing I did this morning was grab a glass of water and cut up some lemon. Sometimes I drink my water with lemon and cayenne pepper to give my metabolism a boost, but most of the time I like to drink it plain. I also drank water throughout the day.
Water is #1 on the list, and #2 of the top 5 things is movement.
2.) Stretches/Body Movement
I wasn’t able to visit my family for Thanksgiving this year so my husband (Eric) and I vegged out on the couch. It was much needed and nice to catch up on shows and Hallmark movies!
But as we know too much of a good thing isn’t always good. After our relaxing weekend, I was ready to get back into my Yoga flow.
It wasn’t until this year that I started doing Yoga consistently and it’s become my favorite way of working out. I love it because I feel I’m working out my mind, body and soul. I do my Yoga first thing in the morning, right after I drink my water of course. Honestly if I wait to do it at any other time of the day I’ll never do it. So the morning is what works best for me.
If you’re not able or comfortable with doing Yoga you could also take a 10 minute walk outside. Get some fresh air, vitamin D, and blood flowing in all the right spots. Sounds like a win-win to me! If that’s not an option you can do some light body stretches. You can do a quick Google search for some ideas. But you should always do what feels best for your body.
Some simple stretches or body movement can feel so good especially after standing for hours in the kitchen or if you were a couch potato like me this past weekend. Actually I did both, so I didn’t JUST lay around. But there was still a lot of eating and movie watching going on hehe.
3.) Nutrition Packed Smoothie
Ok so I know this isn’t the prettiest smoothie you’ve ever seen. But I promise what it lacks in color it makes up for in flavor. This is my favorite go-to smoothie at the moment. It’s quick to make, easy ingredients, and oh so good to drink.
My mixed berry smoothie includes:
1 Cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 Cup Frozen Mixed Berries
2 Stems of Kale
1 Tbs of either Pumpkin seeds, Hemp seeds, or Chia seeds (If you use Chia Seeds mix them in after your smoothie is blended, they stick to everything!)
Mix it all up in the blender and enjoy.
Smoothies are an easy way to pack in lots of nutrients, especially at the start of your day. I usually drink a smoothie for breakfast 2-3 times a week. I really like how versatile they are and you can make them with what you prefer.
Another option for a nutrition packed breakfast is Oatmeal – Click here for an Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe.
Fruits and vegetables weren’t at the top of my list of things to eat for Thanksgiving, so I’m making up for it by starting with my smoothie. You can find a list of vitamins and minerals here. It also explains how our body uses them, and the foods you can find them in.
4.) Light Lunch or Dinner
After all of the heavy foods it’s good to give our bodies a break. When I’m looking for a light lunch or dinner I usually go for a soup or salad. I know Olive Garden has us eating these as sides (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but they can be the star of the dish too!
Today I chose a lentil soup with simple ingredients, but still packed with nutrients. I found this recipe on the blog Plant-Based On A Budget. It’s a great resource if you’re looking for healthier meal options but are on a tight budget. You can find the recipe here – near the bottom of the page . I do make my soup slightly different so if you have any questions about it feel free to ask me in the comments below.
With my heavy meals over the weekend I started to feel a little sluggish. My soup helped to bring back my energy. I think a few extra lighter meals and some good rest should do the trick.
5.) Read A Book
Last on the list is read a book. It’s not hard to overstimulate our minds these days. Most of us are constantly using some type of electronic device. Whether it be the TV, our phones, tablets, computers, etc, it can be hard to “unplug” since our lives revolve around using most of these items.
During the holidays you may also take extra photos and post more on social media because you want to share your holiday festivities with your friends. Which is awesome, but it can start to feel like a lot after a while. That’s when our brains need a little break.
Putting down your device and picking up a good book can give your mind just the break that it’s been looking for. The books in the picture above are a few of my favorites. Although we just bought The Alchemist, I’m excited to dive right into it because I’ve heard it’s a really good book.
I try to read 1 hour a night before bed. Now of course this doesn’t always happen, but I do my best. There are also times I feel like I’m not in the mood to read and would rather be watching YouTube videos. But I tell myself “Ok, just read for 10 minutes and if you’re not up for it you can do something else.” This usually works because there have been times I’ve gotten so into my book I ended up finishing a whole chapter! I think the key is finding a book that you’re interested in.
The Weeks To Come
So there you have it, my Top 5 Things To Do For Yourself after Thanksgiving weekend or any other holiday. This helped me to get back on track after all the heavy food and TV watching, and jump started me for the week ahead.
You can also apply this even when you feel you could use a little break from your daily stresses. So I encourage you to take the time to try each of these things throughout the week or go through the list in a day. See how you feel and find what’s helpful for you.
I know this mini-refresh is going to help me stay energized until Christmas and I’m setting myself up for a successful baking season…I can’t wait!
Let me know if you decide to try any of these things, I’d love to know how it went for you and what worked best. What light lunch/dinner did you choose? What book is your favorite to read?