7 tips for healthy & stress free holidays

It’s officially the holiday season! It’s a joyous time of year for family, friends, and celebrations. However, if you’re not prepared, it can do a real number on your gut and stress levels, which both have a major impact on your thyroid and immune system.

To help you enjoy the season while maintaining your health, I’ve put together this handy list of helpful and empowering tips!

1. Commit to Your Health

I hope that this year you have made great strides to take back or maintain your health and reverse chronic illness. I know firsthand that this takes hard work and dedication, so don’t let your commitment be derailed now! Commit to yourself and to the universe that you will put your health first this holiday season. And, if you do temporarily get off track, simply recommit to yourself!

To help make it easier than ever, my team and I put together The Myers Way® AIP & Paleo Holiday Recipes eBook. It’s filled with 42 incredible recipes packed with traditional holiday flavors and gut-healing, thyroid-supporting nutrients. They are easy to make and sure to be a hit with holiday guests of any age.

If you do temporarily get off track, my Wellness Coach, Liz can help you clean your diet back up and repair your gut lining.

2. Be Mindful of Sugar, Starch, and Alcohol

It’s very easy for your gut to get out of balance during the holidays. The stress, indulgences, and change in schedule can leave you open to infections like Candida overgrowth and SIBO. These microorganisms in your gut thrive on sugar, so know your limits. Overindulging on sweets and alcohol can add fuel to the fire.

If you’re prone to these types of infections, you may want to consider supplementing with candisol and Caprylic acid. They are both made from plant enzymes that have natural antimicrobial properties, which is an added bonus during flu season. Obviously this is not an excuse to go overboard–just a healthy way to protect yourself during a time when stress and diet changes can easily upset the balance of your gut.

3. Prepare for Eating on the Go

If your holiday includes travel plans, whether it be by car or plane, plan ahead! Make sure you drink plenty of filtered water (most airports have filtered water stations) and pack your own meals and snacks so you don’t get caught off guard and have to settle for unhealthy airport food or grab-and-go options.

I like to pack a simple salad for the plane, and I also bring along a frozen green juice (that way you can make it through security without liquids). I also pack The Myers Way® Paleo Protein so I can start my day with a protein-packed breakfast wherever I am. Check out these 3 delicious gut-healing fall smoothies to add in those rich fall flavors we all love so much, I’m addicted to the gingerbread cookie one!

4. Have a Plan for If You Accidentally Get “Glutened”

There’s always a chance you could be exposed to gluten or other foods you are sensitive to by accident. Maybe one of your family members unknowingly used a spice mix that contained gluten, or perhaps you ate something that shared a skillet with something breaded. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan just in case! Check out my article on how to recover after getting “glutened.”

5. Make Time for Yourself

Although the holidays are a time to gather with loved ones, remember to make time for yourself. Do something every day to relax and relieve stress, whether that’s taking a walk, meditating, taking a hot bath, or practicing yoga. I have lots of suggestions for stress-relieving activities and tools in my books, The Thyroid Connection and The Autoimmune Solution. Just remember that there is no one right way to relax, do what you enjoy and what works best for you!

6. Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is your body’s way of rejuvenating itself after a long day. Because our ancestors evolved to wake with the sun and sleep when it got dark, many people find that they need extra sleep in the winter when days are shorter.

Remember to limit your use of electric lighting after dark, as your sleep hormone production responds to light. I wear amber glasses in the evenings, which block out certain wavelengths of light that prevent melatonin production. You can also put amber light bulbs in a few lamps and use those after dark.

When working on a smartphone, tablet, or computer make sure it’s in ‘evening mode’ or use the flux app, which adjusts your screen lighting to the time of day and creates an amber hue on the screen after dark.

7. Remember to Be Thankful

After all it’s what the season is all about! Be mindful of your blessings, the wonderful and supportive people in your life, and everything that brings you joy.

My hubby and I have a ritual of offering each other 5 appreciations before we go to sleep. It’s a very easy and quick way to fill your heart with love …. I’d like to appreciate each of you now…

  1. I appreciate each and every one of you for your continued support of me and my mission to empower people to take back their health.
  2. I appreciate you for making a commitment to yourself and your health.
  3. I appreciate each of you who has been active in our free community forum and offered support and guidance to those who are new to The Myers Way®.
  4. I appreciate you for all of your great reviews of The Thyroid Connectionand The Autoimmune Solution which help to spread the word and encourage others to get healthy.
  5. I know it can be hard to take the road less traveled and to chose a different path than your family, friends and even conventional doctor — I appreciate you for taking a stand and doing what you know is right for you and your health.

See how good that feels! Giving and receiving an appreciation is one of the best gifts you can give someone – it’s simple, easy and free.

Amy Myers, MD is a renowned leader in Functional Medicine and New York Times Bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution. She received her Doctorate in Medicine from LSU Health Sciences Center and spent 5 years working in emergency medicine before training with the Institute of Functional Medicine. She has helped thousands around the world recover from chronic illness through her dietary based program, The Myers Way, and she has created multiple interactive eBooks and eCourses to guide readers through her revolutionary approach to health. Her blog and website serve as a beacon of hope to the many sufferers of chronic disease and autoimmune conditions. Her book: The Autoimmune Solution, a 30 day program to prevent and reverse the full spectrum of inflammatory symptoms and disease, is now available at all book retailers.