RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- The holiday season is all about family, fun and food, and let's face it, stress. Here, ideas from Armonk resident Dr. Susan Blum, author of "The Immune System Recovery Plan" and founder of the Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook, on how to stay happy, healthy, and energized.
- Think "Full," Not "Busy." Words are so powerful —in the end, you are what you think, said Dr. Blum. "Shift gears from the anxious, driven, never-enough-time feeling of 'busy' to 'full' or 'abundant' or 'rich.' These days will fly by, so be sure to smile, and enjoy them."
- Preventive Scheduling : As you make appointments and plan your days, be kind to yourself. "You can choose to schedule a stressful, busy day or give yourself some space to breathe or exercise," said Blum. Don’t skip your morning meditation or exercise routine. Make the choice that puts you first.
- Sleep: Lack of sleep promotes weight gain.
- Alternate eating clean with days of indulgence. After indulging at holiday parties, family gatherings and fun with friends, your body needs a break. "Eating clean means no alcohol, sugar, processed food or dairy," said Blum. "I recommend intermittent juice cleansing, whether a one-day ‘reboot’, or multi-day organic juice cleanse."
- Find the balance. " On vacation, I keep my usual healthy food routine all day, and then relax a bit at dinner with a lovely wine and a delicious dessert," said Blum.
- Stick to your self-care routine as much as possible: Prioritize what's most important. "I make sure to exercise to release toxins and feel great. This is the antidote for extra calories and brain fog from any sugar or alcohol I consumed the day before," she said.