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Beat Exhaustion


During the Holidays ORIGIN COLUMNIST | Tiffany Cruikshank


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Eliminate Sugar, alcohol and coffee are culprit number one for feeling less than your best.


Sugar and alcohol make it difficult for our bodies to maintain even blood sugar levels. When the blood sugar is elevated, the body releases cortisol and insulin, both of which exhaust the adrenals over time in addition to causing weight gain. When our bodies are constantly struggling to stabilize the blood sugar, it leaves less energy for the other organs to perform their functions. From a Chinese medicine perspective, it’s the spleen that gets injured by fluctuating blood sugar, which over time will drain the kidneys and lead to exhaustion.


All three of these foods put stress on the liver’s capacity to perform its role in detoxification. This can cause a variety of symptoms, all of which lead to an overall sluggishness and eventually exhaustion. These substances are also known for their ability to leach vital minerals out of the body. Caffeine and alcohol especially drain the body of its intracellular calcium and magnesium, which can lead to muscle soreness and feeling generally uncomfortable in your skin.


Because trying to limit these foods is usually pretty ineffective around the holidays, and cutting it out completely may be out of the question for you, I recommend limiting your intake to one day of the week where you allow yourself to have some of these in moderation. This contains these foods so that you’re limited, but ensures that you can still enjoy the holidays.


Get Going This is so important and the easiest step to ignore when we get busy around the holidays.


The most important thing to remember is consistency. The metabolism is like a fire, it


needs oxygen to burn—which is why we blow on it to get it going—and without enough oxygen, it will slowly fade out. Our metabolism is like that fire, in the sense that it would rather have a little air consistently than for us to blow on it once and then let it be. On the days you don’t think have time for yoga or exercise, think again and squeeze in what you can, even if it’s just 20 minutes. If you’re a yogi like me, you can get your yoga fix in a quick session when needed. YogaGlo.com is a great, cost-effective source for online classes in a variety of lengths with fantastic teachers. Plan for some longer workouts when you can, but don’t forget to stoke your fire with short sessions when you’re low on time. If you stay active, your body will be more efficient at digesting and regulating your energy levels.


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Create Time For Yourself In this busy season, you absolutely must make time for yourself. Again, the length


of time is less important than the consistency so you’ve got to keep a schedule. I


recommend to my patients at Nike that they block out this time (as well as their exercise time) like they would a meeting and commit to it no matter what. If you’re short on time, meditation will give you the biggest bang for your buck. You’ll notice an effect with just 10 minutes a day. You don’t have to be an expert first, just find a comfortable place to sit and sit tall in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Then, without controlling the breath, simply count each breath until you get to 10, and then start over. This gives the mind something to chew on so that all the chatter can start to settle.


Taking care of yourself doesn’t need to take a ton of time but you do need to make a plan and stick to it. When you find simple ways to take care of yourself it will be easier to stick to your plan. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holidays it just means you have a plan and that you acknowledge the difference between the times when you need to take care of yourself and the time to enjoy the holiday fun! Happy Holidays.


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