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Treat Yo’self: Healthy Indulgences

It’s important to take time and listen to your body. What do you need? I’ve often found that when I’m lacking some vitamin or nutrient, my body will crave certain foods. While I was pregnant I craved spinach. The baby growing inside needed folate to help with his development, and I was eating spinach like a maniac. At this time of year, when everything’s moving so rapidly, it’s healthy to take a moment and care for yourself. Fill your cup with whatever it needs, and then own this season like a boss!
Take yourself out for a sweet treat, or have one delivered. Researchers have found that eating chocolate can actually elevate your mood. Even more beneficial is its source cacao, which can help boost serotonin, which can give you an overall sense of well-being and happiness. It’s also packed with antioxidants that help fight disease, aids in muscle recovery, and is a great source of plant-based iron. Give your mood a natural lift with a steamy or icy beverage. Grab a chocolate packed muffin, brownie or cookie, and allow yourself to indulge with benefits.

Daily movement is another great way to help your body produce those feel good hormones. Yoga in the morning can help your body prepare for the challenges of the day, while granting your mind some moments of peace. Walking is a great way to get to know your area, soak up that sunlight and get some fresh air. There are a ton of apps, especially during this pandemic, that offer easily accessible, at-home workout routines in every shape and size. When I’ve had a lack of motivation or I get stuck in a rut, I find a HIIT (high intensity interval training) exercise to really get that blood pumping in a short amount of time.

Take care of what’s underneath the mask. It’s a super important time of year in general to hydrate, but with most of our time outside the home spent in masks, it is even more crucial. Drink plenty of water, half your body weight in ounces if possible. Eat plenty of foods rich in Omega fatty acids to keep your skin moisturized from the inside out. Foods such as salmon, tuna, nuts, seeds and plant oils. Wear sunscreen and moisturize your skin. Natural oils can be great for skin moisture, like coconut and vitamin E oil. Treat yo self to a mask made from healthy foods or a store bought one if you have less time, because either is a treat that can be done while completing other items on your to-do list.

The holidays can be stressful, and even though this year looks a lot different than others, the vibe is still pretty harried. Crowded shopping with masks on can be a little claustrophobic, and many of us are missing our families while we all stay safe, apart. What can you do to bring back that Happy Holiday mood? Treat yo’self!

by Catie Zimmerman

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