Summer holidays and Christmas is just around the corner! For most of us this marks the beginning of the silly season of celebrations with family and friends, work Christmas parties, lots of food and of course indulging in a few end of year drinks. Just because the celebrations are in full swing, doesn’t mean our health needs to be compromised. There are things you can so to ensure you are still nourishing your body and mind while enjoying the summer and Christmas celebrations.

Of course, make sure you drink plenty of water during the warmer months and especially if you are drinking alcohol. Carry a water bottle with you when you leave the house to ensure you are sipping on water throughout the day. If you get tired of plain water, you can flavour water naturally by adding slices of fresh lemon, cucumber, mint or berries.

You can also swap you morning coffee for an antioxidant packed matcha green tea. The high amounts of caffeine in coffee increase urination and can actually have a dehydrating effect on the body. Matcha contains less caffeine so you won't get this dehydrating effect. Matcha can be served hot or cold and is a great morning pick me up and energy boost. Matcha also contains detoxifying and relaxing properties which support both physical and mental well-being.

Pack in those antioxidants and fibre with a morning acai bowl. Not only is this a cool and refreshing way to start your day, acai is high in antioxidants, specifically the antioxidant anthocyanin. Anthocyanins act as antioxidants, activate detoxifying enzymes and have anti-inflammatory effects. Acai is also high in dietary fibre, which keeps you feeling fuller for longer (potentially reducing overeating) as well as feeding your good gut bacteria and assisting with regular bowel movements.

Check out our 3 step acai bowl recipe

The silly season can easily influence a change in our routine. Although it might be enticing to skip your regular daily exercise. Staying active can be a great way to keep in shape over the holiday period. Ensure you are getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day, whether it be going for a walk in the morning or afternoon, an at home workout or attending a group fitness class at your local gym. Exercise is not only great for our physical health, but also your mental health. The holiday season can be a stressful period for some, so exercise is a great way to take some time out and support your mental well-being.

Wind down after a busy day with a turmeric latte. Curcumin, the active component in turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries due to its strong antioxidant properties. These antioxidants help fight cell damage, protecting your body from oxidative stress. They are essential to the functioning of your cells, and studies show that diets rich in antioxidants may help lower your risk of infections and disease. Curcumin in turmeric may also help reduce stress and boost your mood. Studies show that curcumin may increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF is a compound that helps your brain form new connections and promotes the growth of brain cells.

Being Co. Golden Glow blend also contains Australian Kakadu Plum which is known to have the highest recorded levels of natural vitamin C content in the world, so is a great way to boost your immunity naturally. It is also naturally caffeine free, so it won’t keep you up at night! Check out our super simple and delicious turmeric latte recipe using our Golden Glow super food blend.

Written by Emilee, Nutritionist (BHSc Nut Med)