The decorations are being put up, lights are twinkling, choirs are singing and well we are zapped.
Those who will know, it has been a full moon over the weekend. It’s fair to say I was not in the festive spirit - neither am I today. Many will feel the same - guilt. Guilty that we looked at the decorations and wanted to walk away..
We were feeling like we were dying, moving and breathing was causing so much pain without the stress of decorations.
We watched our families get all excited, hanging the baubles on the tree and smiling at the twinkling lights that shone in the dark.
I know and many of you may relate that the past few days have been hell.
Let’s not focus on the negatives though - look, you battled through. You may be a little bruised and feel like you aren’t feeling festive and the joy of Christmas but we can change that.
Remember - decorations and lights are just a small part of the season.
rhymes with thrive and alive.
So therefore this day is about growing, building, taking steps forward and most importantly be grateful to be alive.
Remember the reason for Christmas.
Family and friends- love.
Spend time organising time spent with loved ones enjoying all the pleasures you can still enjoy in life. Forget everything else.
As long as you have strong foundations everything else will just fall into place.
Don’t spread yourselves too thin, going out with people you don’t really know. Just simply pass on your best wishes and be with the people who have been your strongest supports.
Have a Christmas at home or near to home so then you don’t have to worry about food, travelling, moving around, the cold and naps if needed. You will be within your own space and comforts. No added stress.
There are no rules in how you are supposed to spend your Christmas. Take the opportunity to put your own spin on things.
You may become a trend-setter.
Keep shining bright my stars.
Feeling sluggish and rubbish when you have woken up? Get boosting up on bananas the more the better - they will help settle your stomach, boosting digestion, they are a mood enhancer, they will give you the energy you need and keep you full. Buy my book for banana receipe ideas.
Wake up every morning and ATLEAST have one glass of lemon water before doing anything else! Ideally try to drink a litre of water. The lemon wakes up your digestive system ready for the day and has great cleansing properties.
Check your dairy and meat intake - dairy can sit in your system for up to seven days unable to digest properly. Meaning other foods also get neglected and nurtients aren't absorbed properly and you feel extremely bloated. Go and smell your food bin, your stomach will be in that state. Rotting foods in your belly - hmm nice.
DO NOT FEAR CARBS - THEY ARE NOT THE ENEMY! CARB UP!!
Bananas, Rice, Potatoes, Leafy Greens, Corn, Beans, Lentils etc PACK THEM IN GO MAD.
NEVER COUNT CALORIES - NEVER RESTRICT!! These restriction 'starvation' diets who tell you to only eat 500 calories a day then have a treat day - where you binge out and eat WAY too much, is simply messing up your metabolism and on your binge days yours body stores all the fat meaning you gain weight because it knows it is going to go back into starvation mode and needs to hold onto every little thing it can. HELLO WEIGHT GAIN.
Life is too short not to live it to the full, making yourself happy.