The holiday season from Halloween through New Year's is synonymous with indulgence, and all of that rich food and drink can throw your body off balance. Because parties, food, drinks, and desserts are coming at you from every direction, you need to know how to prevent inflammation during the holidays. Between the stress of gift giving, family visiting, merry making, and end-of-the-year work stuff your boss "forgot" to tell you about until the middle of December, it's no surprise that you'll find yourself craving those sugar cookies you have in your kitchen. Cookies make everything better, amiright? Also, it's cold outside, you've got the sniffles, and you've earned the right to a little extra comfort food and drink.
Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, hot whiskey, hot chocolate, every kind of fudge, cookie, and pie ... um, how is everyone not inflamed like the blueberry girl Violet in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory after the holidays? While a lot of people focus on food, stress is just as likely to cause inflammation. "We know stress affects us on a cellular level, so anything we can do to reduce that stress is going to help in terms of the health of our bodies," Nikki Pearson, personal development coach for Guiding Spirit Learning Solutions, told April Bouchard for Canadian news outlet Okotoks Online. If you, like me, missed that anti-inflammation memo, it's not too late to put some things into practice that will allow you to enjoy the holidays without feeling blah AF come New Year's.