Christmas is just around the corner and for many people it means time to relax and enjoy Christmas treats. Despite of my body's reactions to gluten and dairy, I have celebrated my Christmas in a quite traditional manner eating all the traditional Christmas foods, such as carrot and turnip casserole, rice porridge, various types of cheese and plum quark. However, after enjoying these meals, as you can assume, I have not felt so good. Thus this year I have considered to change this. Why give yourself stomach ache and bloating just for the sake of holidays? Previously when we had Christmas lunch with someone else's house I didn't want to "offend" anyone, so I ate what was served. Having said this, this Christmas will be different because we decided to stay at our house. So accordingly, we will serve our "own" menu which will be suitable for everyone. I was thinking about preparing ham, some healthy salads, salmon, potatoes and some casseroles for my son. After making this decision, I felt liberated: we could just stay at home and do whatever we want at our own schedule. Also, this year I will be working until the last minute (our holiday starts on Friday and Christmas Eve is on Sunday), so I don't have to stress about cooking. I'll prepare salads on Christmas Eve and casseroles I will buy from the store. We will invite some relatives to our place and have some coffee and cakes with them. Maybe I will make a raw cake but only if I feel like it 😀 because this holiday is about learning how to just chill. And during these holidays my ways of relaxing will be following: reading good books, exercising whether it is a sweaty workout or a gentler yoga and spending time with my family. Here are a few inspiring book recommendations for you if you are interested in reading:
- Miracle Morning *: Very inspiring book about how you can wake up every day feeling like it is Christmas! This changed the way I wake up in the mornings.
- Outlander *: if you have seen or heard about this TV -series, I can guarantee that these books are even more intriguing and you cannot stop reading it!
- Michael Pollan: In defense of food*: This was a wake up call for my eating habits.
- Game of Thrones *: These books don't need any introductions 😁
I don't know if it is just me but after you read a book and watch a TV-series based on this same book, my conclusion is always the same: the books are million times better than the TV-series! You just cannot get the same interpretation from a TV-series as you get from a book.
Below are other useful tips I found when I was searching ways how to celebrate Christmas in a bit more healthier way:
PS. I am starting a detox series in January. If you feel like getting rid of bloating and freshening up your looks, stick around after the New Year.
Have yourself a very Merry Christmas,
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