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How Yogi’s Survive The Holiday Season

December 12, 2020 Posted by Y2 Yoga Blog

How Yogis Survive the Holiday Season

YES, the holiday season is upon us and it can be a time of higher stress. Fewer hours of daylight, unpredictable weather, complicated travel plans and, ugh COVID, can leave our system feeling a bit off to say the least
While the holidays overall, and holiday prep itself (shopping, cooking, decorating, zoom parties 😂) can be chaotic, we must take time to slow down and care for ourselves. Seem impossible? It doesn’t have to be.
Try to stay on your routine as best you can. Routine can help reduce stress levels which can lead to improved mental health, more time to relax and less anxiety, which is so important on any given day, let alone during the holiday season. Especially in 2020! Whether you like to do hot yoga, or something at home, go for a run or go to the gym, it’s important to make time for exercise. If the holidays have you pressed for time, be sure and check out Y2’s on-demand yoga class options. You can flow anytime and anywhere. NO EXCUSES!
Eating healthy is also critical to your overall well-being. Eating like crap makes you feel like crap. Make smarter choices in how you fuel your body so you feel better the next day and have more energy, today and every day. Here are a few tips that will help if you find yourself having to be at a “COVID” Holiday Party. Skip the high-calorie nibbles, and look for steamed shrimp, olives, fruit and nuts to grace your appetizer plate. For sauces, look for salsa, hummus and bean dips. Remember, don’t deprive yourself during the holiday season, but choose food and cocktails wisely. For example, if booze is your vice for the night, make sure you hydrate with water and cut calories in other areas such as dessert. Some low calorie favorite drinks are:

Pomegranate Mojito
Champagne adds festive fizz to this pom-tastic holiday drink. Save some calories by opting for white rum instead of dark rum, but don’t skimp on the vitamin C-packed lime juice! Serve the drink after garnishing with some fresh pomegranate arils. Photo and Recipe: Jennifer / Peanut Butter and Pepper

Gingered Cider Hot Toddy
This drink delivers a one-two punch when it comes to warming you up! Warm cider infused with tea (go with decaf if it’s close to bedtime) gets an extra kick from a shot of rum or bourbon. Ginger and honey can help you recover from a cold and a bit of alcohol helps with restless sleep, so try making one the next time you’re feeling under the weather. Photo and Recipe: Gina / Kleinworth & Co.

We hope these tips help all of you enjoy the 2020 Holiday “COVID” Season. Now, let’s move on to 2021. It can’t get here soon enough.

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