If you’re looking for a recipe for a Christmas lunch right now, then you need to go back to your google search. Whilst the recipe for a great primal Christmas does include one of the most famous primal meals in the year, it’s only one of the key ingredients for really enjoying Christmas. Here are my top six ingredients:
- The core ingredient for a great primal Christmas is people. Surround yourself with loved ones and people to whom you want to give your time. Is there someone who you think is going to be on their own this Christmas that you can take time to be with? It really is that simple. If you can crack this one, the rest will fall into place.
- Show gratitude. Be thankful, count your blessing, take a moment to think what it is like to walk about in someone else’s shoes. We often hear these platitudes without really stopping to think what this means. Christmas is often perceived as a time when we receive gifts, but try and think about giving to others. Think about where they are in their life, the type of year they’ve had, how they might be feeling and what you can do to make a difference.
- Nearly always it’s not material gifts that are cherished as much if you offer your time and experience. Why not make use of technology to shop online and get the job done quickly? That way you’ll free up time which you can give to the people around you. When I do buy presents, I try to give things which create shared experiences together, more mindful gifts that can be enjoyed over time.
- Be kind to yourself. You’re probably feeling pretty tired – trying to get everything finished at work before you finish up for Christmas, shopping, office parties and extra demands on our time. If you’re aware of feeling tired, it’s time to rest your body and mind, so whilst everyone else is going crazy, try to slow the pace down and not overdo it.
- Don’t forget to keep moving. We all feel a bit sluggish over the Christmas period, so take regular exercise. You don’t need to go out and run a marathon, but take frequent walks, appreciate the daylight, walk for an hour in the countryside if you’re lucky enough to live nearby, or in your local park
- Eat sensibly. I know its party season and its great to be out enjoying yourself, but make sure you eat well and stay hydrated during this cold weather as it’s easy to start feeling run down. Load up with vegetables which help combat colds and fend off tiredness
- Christmas day – ah, we’ve reached the most famous primal meal of the year that I mentioned earlier, because of course the traditional turkey and roasted vegetables that many of us enjoy at Christmas, is a completely primal meal. Enjoy the feast. But, be mindful of overindulging. How do you feel if you’ve eaten too much – you don’t want to miss out on Christmas because you’ve eaten and drunk too much and then feel lethargic and just want to fall asleep on the sofa…not when you’ve got the chance to enjoy time with people who are important in your life. It’s a real treat to have such glorious food to enjoy, so have gratitude, take time to enjoy it with those that you love.
If you know someone who you think would enjoy learning more about the primal lifestyle, whether that’s personal training or nutrition, why not think about some vouchers for coaching with us? We’ve got loads of activities which people can use to kick start a new focus for 2019. Happy Christmas.