Let’s talk about surviving the holidays. Temptation to indulge in a few too many sugary treats and dehydrating drinks is absolutely everywhere. This year, we are kicking off our health and wellness resolutions BEFORE January 1st. Instead of waking up on the first day of the new year with a pounding headache and dark circles, we want to jump in feeling energized, refreshed, and committed to reaching our wellness goals early in the year. This is obviously easier said than done, so we talked to the ladies at Skin Food Talk, Tara Curran and Hayley Wood, to give us a few pointers. With their Skin Food Talk site and ebooks, Curran and Wood empower women through education and community on how to get glowy from the inside out. As a bonus, they also gave us two incredible beauty food recipes to help stave off the holiday cravings. Enjoy their Holiday Survival Guide below and stay tuned for more SFT on The Moment in the new year!
The Moment: How do we navigate the holidays and enjoy all the delicious food and late-night parties while maintaining a level of bodily health?
SFT: The holidays can become a fear based season for the health conscious individuals who are seeking a balance amongst the non-stop rotation of sugary treats and event filled weekends. You may find yourself having the best intention for your health but succumbing to the habits that create a shameful and guilt ridden feeling over your being. Enjoying a treat can mean two different things. The first being that you will consciously decide that a decision to indulge doesn’t have to immediately be followed up by an overcast of guilt. Allow yourself to live your life but commit to savoring the moment instead of escaping in quick indulgent highs followed by self loathing lows. For every treat, there is a balance of mindfulness and supportive measures that can help support your system. The second could be that you commit to finding the healthy versions of those typical guilty pleasures and set your tastes buds up right without the potential of a breakout or stomach ache.
The Moment: What are a few wellness practices we can put into place to stay especially grateful and giving during the holidays, which is typically a period of excess?
SFT: Try to be the person who keeps it together throughout the holidays so that you can continue into the new year with your intention for self love. If anything this is an opportunity to get creative and be the person at your office holiday party who brings the healthy version of a holiday classic. People might feel inspired by your effort as well.
The Moment: Best beauty practices for cold, long winters? (Especially to combat those East Coast winters)
SFT: It’s really hard to not do this but controlling your water temperature is crucial to keeping your skin healthy. It may feel nice to take a hot shower but it’s so striping to the skin and that can severely damage your barrier which is essential during cold seasons. Switch up your skincare too to include more protection and nourishment, regardless of your skin type. Our skin craves soothing and nurturing ingredients during this time just like our nutrition seeks grounding and warming foods. Keep the movement up with daily dry brushing and exercise as well since we tend to hold more inward during the cold month since we are not sweating as much just from the weather. Our body still needs to release toxins so be sure to up that care.
The Moment: What advice do you have for staying well when we’re cooped up in our living rooms all winter?
SFT: It’s so easy to just fall into an escape of Netflix binges and lose a sense of what your body is communicating to you. Trying to continue to get movement with an at home yoga practice and committing to making most of your meals at home are two great ways to stay well when you’re at home. We have some great recipes in our Honor ebook that are easy and perfect for staying in, and two super special recipes below.
The Moment: How do we begin to set our intentions for the New Year and how do we stick to the goals we set?
SFT: We see this all the time where people lose track during the holidays and think that it’s easy to jump back into a disciplined, healthy lifestyle on January 1st. Start by writing down how you want to feel throughout the holiday season and follow up with a daily check in to see if it’s in alignment. If you want to feel calm, then maybe schedule yourself an acupuncture session or meditate for 10 minutes. Little check ins on how you want to feel are a great way to keep the intention up!
Enjoy these SFT approved beauty meals to keep you on the wellness track when holiday temptation arise.
Skin Healthy Spaghetti Squash and Avocado Pesto
- 1 whole spaghetti squash
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- 2 avocados
- 1/2 cup of basil
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 of a lime for lime juice
Slice spaghetti squash in half and spoon out the seeds. Place squash in a baking pan and pre-heat oven to 350. Drizzle your favorite EVOO over both pieces of squash, and top with sea salt and black pepper. Flip squash over so skin side is facing up and place in the oven for 30-40 mins.
Meanwhile, in a blender mix 2 avocados, basil, pine nuts, garlic, lime juice, and a tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Blend until all ingredients are combined and you have a thick consistency.
When the squash is easy to puncture with a fork, pull it out of the oven and scrape down the sides- spaghetti like strings will appear! Top with the avocado pesto.
No Bake Super Food Brownies
- 2 cups dates, remove the pits
- 1 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup cacao nibs
- 2 teaspoons light olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Maca powder (we like this one)
- Teaspoon honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Shredded coconut flakes or rose for topping
Line an 8″ x 8″ baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender and blend until mixture becomes one large clump. The mixture should be thick, slightly sticky, and easy to handle. Spoon batter onto the parchment paper and evenly smooth using a wooden spoon. Top with your choice of fresh rose, or shredded coconut and leave the pan in the fridge for approximately 15-20 minutes. Cut brownies into 2″ squares. Store in refrigerator or freezer until served.
Special thanks to Tara Curran and Hayley Wood!
Photo by Kristine Lo