THE HOLIDAYS ARE A TIME OF GRAND CELEBRATION AND STRESS. LATE NIGHTS, EXPECTATIONS OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT MAY FEEL OVERWHELMING AND SOCIAL OBLIGATIONS CAN BE EXHAUSTING. WE ASKED LOCAL CHEF AND WELLNESS TEACHER, APARNA KHANOLKAR, FOR HER BEST TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS:
FEEL FREE TO SAY NO TO FRIENDS
Be ok with saying “no” to friends when it comes to parties and late nights. Don’t feel obligated to attend every event invitation. Say “yes” to yourself by getting enough sleep. Do your best to be in bed by 10:00 pm. Proper rest helps you stay grounded, calm and gives you plenty of energy to deal with the demands of the holidays.
SIP, SIP, SIP
Sip on hot water with lemon throughout the day. It helps flush out toxins and keeps you hydrated. Fill a thermos with hot water and add lemon juice into it. Take it with you so you can enjoy a natural detox even while shopping or running errands.
ENJOY IN MODERATION
Enjoy heavy and sugary foods in moderation this holiday season. You will have better digestion and won’t feel guilty later. Don’t deprive yourself and choose wisely. Always favor vegetables first and then indulge in small amounts some of the heavier foods and dessert.
Even if it is for 20 minutes a day. Stretch the body, practice yoga, walk or run. It will give you energy, enhance your mood and will make your skin glow.
DRINK WITH A PURPOSE
A soothing, warm drink that will help you relax as you prepare for bed, this recipe used white poppy seeds and almond milk.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp white poppy seeds
- ½ tsp cardamom powder
- Five strands of saffron
- One tsp of raw honey
- One tsp rose water
Soak the poppy seeds in 4 tbsp of water for about one hour. Blend the soaked poppy seeds with the almond milk to grind the poppy seeds as finely as possible – 2-3 minutes. Next, place the almond poppy milk in a small pot and add the saffron and cardamom powder. On medium heat, bring the milk to a gentle boil. Turn the heat off, and pour the drink into a cup and let it cool for a couple of minutes before adding the raw honey and rose water. Mix well to ensure that the honey is thoroughly mixed. Enjoy!
Aparna Khanolkar is a mother, private chef, and teacher of wellness and healthy cooking in Grosse Pointe Woods. A former head chef of the Chopra Center in San Diego, she is also an author of many cookbooks. Her upcoming courses are The Reset Program - Post- Holiday 5-day Rejuvenation for Your Digestive System and Awaken Your Body Wisdom. Learn more about Aparna HERE.
Wishing you happy and healthy holiday season!
Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit