It’s inevitable. The holidays, paired with the promise of a “new year, new you” almost always lead us to that long-enduring resolution - establishing healthier habits. For some of us, this means we’ll be heading to the gym as much as possible. Others will focus on losing a few pounds. Still others will try implementing a strict diet in an attempt to repent for the indulgences of the last few weeks at the end of the year.
While these are all worthy pursuits that can have positive outcomes for our bodies, further reflection might shine some light on a different perspective. Perhaps guilt led you thinking that your next step needs to be an extreme, cold turkey, life-changing decision. You feel like you’ve done some damage to your body and now it’s repaying you for your festive choices.
Newsflash: you don’t have to make up for anything you do over the holidays. You won’t completely undo your hard work. You won’t fall off the health train.
You have OWL walking side-by-side with you. Our goal is and has always been innovating, exploring, and sharing new ways to live well and improve overall wellness. So we came up with a list of essentials that you’ll want with you to help you through the holidays as a healthier version of yourself.
For most Americans, the holidays mean big meals with family or friends. We all know that these meals will be as delicious as they are heavy. Turkey, ham, stuffing, casseroles, gravies, sauces, pies - you name it, it’s on the menu. So, how do you enjoy those nostalgic flavors without completely destroying your gut for the next week and beyond? You come prepared.
All you need is a few spritzes of our Digestive Bitters Calming Mint Spray. Our proprietary blend of bitter roots and bark help signal to your brain that it’s time to start the digestive process. Your mouth will produce saliva to start breaking down foods, and your stomach will start producing bile and gastric juices. This will help your digestive system easily deconstruct your meal and absorb vital nutrients into your body.
Benefits of OWL Digestive Bitters:
- Soothes your digestive tract
- Relieves bloating and cramping
- Improves digestion
- Supports your immune system
- Contains antimicrobial properties
- Freshens your breath
A gorgeous and mouth watering dessert table typically accompanies the office holiday party. You already know your coworker’s famous holiday cookies, or pumpkin loaf, or homemade candies will be among the temptations. Sweets and baked goods go hand-in-hand with the holiday season. Not to mention those special seasonal cocktails to get everyone in the spirit.
Sugar and alcohol feed the bad bacteria in your gut, lead to an imbalance in your microbiome, and yeast overgrowth. While you should always be allowed to enjoy simple pleasures guilt-free, it’s important to remember that your body still needs someone looking out for it. When your Candida gets wild and crazy in your gut due to overindulgence, you’ll be glad to have our Yeast Buster on hand.
The healing ingredients found in our proprietary blend include Oregon grape root, gentian root, fennel seed, and oregano oil. This medicinal concoction contains antifungal, antibacterial, and antiparasitic properties. 30 drops in a glass of water before you eat will:
- Combat Candida
- Reduce inflammation
- Alleviate skin conditions and yeast infections
- Promote healthy digestion
When it comes to restoring your gut, there’s nothing more pure and natural than the healing effects of OWL Broth Elixirs. The nutrients absorbed from grass-fed and finished bones into our cleansing apple cider vinegar base are of the highest quality. We simmer our broths for over 24 hours and infuse each with medicinal herbs that are helpful to your body. Combined with thoughtfully chosen, nutritious roots and veggies, our Broth Elixirs pack a powerful healing punch.
When your holiday meal leaves you feeling swollen, bloated, and sluggish, reaching for a warm mug of chicken, beef, turkey, or vegan Broth Elixir will soothe your tummy and get your digestion moving smoothly once more. Enjoy as a base for a warming winter soup or as a tasty, healing beverage.
Keep warm with nutritious roasted roots in flavorful soups, or snack on fragrant spiced fruits. These nutrient dense recipes are gut-friendly go-tos during that in-between-holidays time. The best way to help rejuvenate your gut after a heavy meal is to treat it to seasonal crops, rich with vitamins and minerals. This will help strengthen your natural defenses and give your body the ingredients it needs to function at a high level.
The healthiest way to get your body back to its regular routine is to nourish it well and promote stellar digestion. With the Seven Day Winter Meal Plan, you’ll receive:
- 7 day menu guide
- Grocery shopping list
- Recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Rich foods - as tasty as they can be - leave inflammation in their wake. Inflammation can lead to everything from stomach discomfort and feeling run down, to aching joints and skin conditions. Replenishing your body with healing nutrients will rebalance your body’s natural functions and defenses.
OWL Hemp Mylkshakes are packed with ingredients like veggies, roots, and spices designed to improve digestion, balance blood sugar, and reduce inflammation. Inside you’ll find whole foods like:
- Kabocha squash
- Slippery elm
- Hemp hearts
And anti-inflammatory spices such as:
Enjoy The Season
Your mental health is every bit as important as your physical health - especially during the holidays. It does your body no good if you’re stressed about what you ate and what effect it has on your physique or your progress. Knowing with confidence that you have the right tools in hand will go a long way in helping you remember that health is a journey, not a destination. Let OWL bring you peace of mind while you soak in the warmth of the loved ones surrounding you this season.
Julie is a self-made writer on a forever journey of fitness and health. As a high school music teacher, she has seen and experienced the challenges of maintaining good health while simultaneously balancing a career and healthy relationships.
Julie has always lived a healthy and active lifestyle. She loves the outdoors, hiking, and camping. Over the years she has continued to learn smarter and better ways to take care of her body while continuing to do the things that make her smile. Naturally, all of her teacher friends wanted to know how she did it - what was her secret?
Julie found herself explaining over and over everything she'd learned in her research, and sharing her experiences through trial and error. Her friends would take her advice, try some new things, and then come back to ask how to take it to the next level.
"You should charge for this kind of information!" Became a constant phrase, and so began her career of writing to share her knowledge with the world through health and wellness companies looking to spread healing and healthy habits within their communities. Now Julie gets to combine two of the things she enjoys most - writing and wellness - and use them to affect change in a real way.
When not making music with her kiddos, or writing wellness tips for a higher quality of life, you can find her reading, hiking, drumming, and fitnessing