christmas checklist

A Checklist For A Mighty-Merry Christmas!

by Dr. Anna Cabeca December 19, 2018


Christmas is just around the corner!

It’s usually a busy time of year, but this year has been an even more hectic season for me with my upcoming book release (woohoo!), which I’ll tell you more about soon. But first, I wanted to check in with you about how your preparations for the holidays are going.

Do you have a long checklist of Christmas to-dos that you’re plowing through—from preparing the menu, buying and wrapping the gifts, cleaning the house, getting the decorations ready, and so much more?

It’s easy to lose yourself in such a long list of to-dos, isn’t it? And yet, it’s so important to take care of yourself too, even in the midst of the season’s rush!!

That’s why I wanted to share with you my secret to staying present and peaceful this season, while still accomplishing all the many “to-do’s” on my list.

christmas checklistA Magical Season To Love Your Life

I believe the real magic of Christmas isn’t about recreating the picture perfect “Christmas postcard.” This magical season should be more meaningful than just serving up perfect dishes surrounded by perfect decorations. To me, ‘this is the season to celebrate everything magical in your life!'

So, let this season be a tradition to celebrate how much you love your life!

That’s why every year, I will create a “Love My Life Through the Holidays” checklist. This checklist centers around what is most meaningful to me for celebrating the most magical things in my life. By centering my holiday planning around this checklist, it fuels me to enjoy the preparations no matter how busy things get.

Here’s a glimpse into what my checklist looks like this year:

1. Prioritize my daughters in my calendar

Nothing is more magical than my four beautiful daughters. While I have a lot of things to do, I make sure my four daughters come first! Leading up to Christmas, my daughters’ events and responsibilities are my top priority, and everything else will get organized around them.

This also includes preparing Christmas gifts for my daughters’ teachers. It brings me lots of joy putting together thoughtful gifts of appreciation for the people who play an important role in guiding and shaping my daughters’ education. For their gifts this year, I’m going to include some Mighty Maca® Plus stick packs for a boost of health. (Hmmm, should I add in Julva®?)

2. A Keto-Green™ Christmas 

Yes, I’m dreaming of a Keto-Green™ Christmas! Health is so important to me, and so it’s important for me to nail down a menu and grocery list for a healthy, scrumptious Keto-Green™ Christmas.

This includes roast, Brussel sprouts, salad fixings, cauliflower for mash, bacon wrapped dates and then feasting with whatever Amira makes for desserts. Oh and yes, the fixings for my spiced red wine and keto cocktails and mocktails. Check out my favorite recipes for them below!

Spiced Red Wine

A perfect drink to enjoy while still staying Keto-Green!

  1. Choose a nice, dry wine that’s not too sweet.
  2. Pour it into a pot and let it simmer on very low heat.
  3. As it simmers, add 1-2 slices of oranges with the rind.
  4. Add more orange rind if you wish. I also like to add some slices of lemon.
  5. If you like, add a few crushed cranberries to enjoy its antioxidants.
  6. Add 1-2 cinnamon sticks and ground nutmeg.
  7. Turn off heat and cover.
  8. Serve in a wine glass when cool with some added cranberries for decoration.

Keto-Green™ Cocktails & Mocktails

Enjoy these drinks that keep you in the keto burning zone during the holidays :)

  1. Pour sparkling water into a wine glass.
  2. Add in a sliced lemon and a few crushed cranberries.
  3. Crush a pinch of Himalayan sea salt with a few slices of ginger in a mortar & pestle.
  4. Mix it into your drink.

Now, you have a very simple but delicious and alkalizing mocktail :)

To take it a little further and turn it into a Keto-Green™ cocktail, simply use the same combination with some tequila instead of sparkling water!

  1. Devotional Quiet Time

    This is very important. I will start Christmas day with an allocated quiet time with my devotional in the early morning before anyone else gets up (after I’ve moved the elves of course, because for some reason, mine don’t move on their own).
    After this quiet time, I allow myself to enjoy a cup of Mighty Maca® Plus hot tea. This is essential for me to have a great day!  

  2. Sacred 1-on-1 With My Daughters

    This has got to be one of my favorite traditions for Christmas, where I spend some sacred one on one time with each of my four daughters. What could be more magical?

  3. Evening Bath

    Finally, I will close the day with a pampering evening bath with my favorite essential oils of lavender and bergamot.

Check, Check, Check — I Love My Life!

By putting together a checklist centered around what makes my life magical, every time I check something off the list, I am reminded of how much I am loving my life!

So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your holiday season planning checklist, try making a shift and create a new tradition of a checklist that is more meaningful to you with your very own version of “Love My Life Through the Holidays” checklist.

I’d love to hear what’s on your checklist, so please do share in the comments below!

Next week, I will share my tips on how to set your “Love Your Life Goal” for the New Year. Till then, have a blessed holiday season, enjoying the most important people in your life.

With love,

Dr. Anna

Dr. Anna Cabeca
Dr. Anna Cabeca

Dr. Anna is a Triple Board Certified OB/GYN and Anti-Aging Medicine expert who helps women heal the 9 most dreadful symptoms of menopause with natural, safe solutions. Follow her for content on hormonal imbalances, vaginal dryness, menopause (and more) that are medically backed, and created to empower women — not just treat them.