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Holiday Health Swap: Choose This, Not That

We are excited to share some healthy holiday tips from our amazing Holistic Nurse, Integrative Health Coach, and Surfer, Cordelia Sidijaya.



Holistic nurse on the beach with Vaxa and surfing

Cordelia, who grew up in the Bay Area and has lived in Santa Cruz County for over 28 years, started her career in healthcare in 2011 and became a Registered Nurse in 2015. In 2017, she was diagnosed with benign bone tumors in her glenoid bone. A bone tumor specialist from Stanford informed her that she would never be able to work as a nurse again or surf.


However, a year later, after facing another debilitating illness that led her to consult with 25 specialists in one year without making progress, she discovered Integrative and Holistic Medicine, which remarkably gave her life back.






After overcoming what was deemed an incurable disease, Cordelia is now focusing on helping men and women live the life that they deserve, free from pain and health issues. She achieves this by identifying the root causes of their problems through a customized holistic health approach, offering the support and accountability needed for sustainable, long-lasting results.


Cordelia believes that health problems are not solved by a magic pill or a band-aid solution. In fact, they can cause major side effects and create bigger issues later on in life. To truly stay healthy and heal our pain and chronic illnesses, we need to consider the entire body, mind, and soul. This involves examining and adjusting our daily habits. With over 12 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Cordelia possesses the knowledge and expertise on how to heal your body through a holistic approach. She has aided several clients dealing with cancer, chronic pain, gut issues, incurable diseases, and more.


Here are a couple tips on how you can be mindful of your daily habits starting today and during the holiday season:
  1. Choose Mindful Eating Over Mindless Munching: Holidays often mean delicious feasts, but it’s important to eat mindfully. Rather than automatically going for seconds, pause and consider your hunger levels. Enjoy each bite, chew slowly, and appreciate the tastes and textures. Strive for a balanced diet.

  2. Opt for Activity Instead of Inactivity: The holiday rush might tempt you to skip your workout, but staying active is essential. Try a morning walk, a playful dance with family, or a holiday-themed fitness event. These activities help manage weight and stress.

  3. Hydrate, Don’t Just Celebrate: In the midst of festivities, remember to drink plenty of water. Proper hydration can prevent overeating, boost energy, and maintain your skin’s health in the cold weather.

  4. Prioritize Rest Over Restlessness: The holidays can be hectic, so make sure to get enough sleep and take breaks to recharge. Yoga, meditation, or deep breathing are great ways to rejuvenate.

  5. Foster Emotional Wellness, Not Stress: The holidays can be emotionally charged. Stay in tune with your feelings. Journal, talk to a friend, or seek professional help if necessary. It's perfectly fine to decline invitations that don't contribute to your emotional health.

  6. Incorporate Natural Immune Boosters, Not Just Holiday Sweets: Add vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, and antioxidant-rich foods to your diet. These can include colorful fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and lean proteins, while strengthening your immune system.

  7. Connect with Nature, Not Just Screens: Embrace the winter landscape with a nature walk. It's a great way to find calmness and grounding.

  8. Practice Gratitude Over Grievance: The holiday season is a wonderful time to count your blessings. Practicing gratitude can improve mental health and bring a sense of peace.

Remember, the holidays don’t have to compromise your health. With these mindful swaps, you can fully enjoy the festivities while looking after your physical and emotional well-being. Listen to your body, respect your emotions, and let the holiday spirit support your journey to health.


Stay vibrant and healthy, and may the holiday season brighten your path to wellness!


If you are interested in learning more on how you can heal, live a life that you deserve free from pain and health issues, then book a FREE consultation call with Cordelia here.



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