Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, you see people you haven’t seen in ages, cosy nights in with your loved ones, friends and families have get-togethers and parties, the atmosphere is a happy festive one. Christmas is also a time where over-indulgence in food and alcohol becomes the norm, and this can take its toll on you, especially if you are not used to eating rich foods and drinking mulled wine at every turn! So, here are some simple, easy tips to help you survive this festive season!
- Alcohol – most people consume more alcohol around this time of year, with Christmas parties, family gatherings etc., there’s always an excuse to pop a bottle of fizz! Alternating your drinks with a glass of water will help to maintain your hydration levels, and reduce the chance of a hangover and help you feel less “tired”! It will also reduce the amount of alcohol you will consume too. Opt for clear spirits with soda water, or add sparkling water to your white wine to make a spritzer.
- Sugar & processed foods – in terms of weight gain (along with alcohol) these are the foods that do the most damage over Christmas. There is an abundance of cakes and chocolates EVERYWHERE! They’ve been in the shops since the end of October for heaven’s sake!! If you are someone who can’t resist these items, don’t buy too much for your own home, as you will only feel the need to eat it, and when you go out, avoid the sugary options on the menu.
- Batch cook and freeze – there comes a point over Christmas where everyone is looking forward to getting back to their regular routine and eating a little healthier again! To help this process along, batch cook and freeze some healthy meals such a warming soup or stew, or a vegetable curry.
- Don’t forget your vegetables – Christmas is a time we put extra demands on our bodies, we are busier in general for many weeks, so it’s vital that you supply your body with lots of micro-nutrients to get you through this busy season to avoid feeling run down or under the weather. A variety/rainbow of vegetables every day will ensure your body is getting what it needs to survive the silly season! Aim for between 5 and 8 portions per day.
- Make time for exercise – making sure you squeeze in that hour of exercise over the festive season will keep you feeling fit, and burn off those excess calories being consumed. Exercise helps to reduce stress (and let’s face it, we all have plenty of it at Christmas!) and increases serotonin levels in your brain, giving you that warm fuzzy feeling we all love!
- Catch some Z’s – If you are lucky enough to have some time off over Christmas, why not make the effort to relax a little and even take some power naps during the day. The overall result will be more energy, and less exhaustion heading into January 2017
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy Christmas 2016
Joanne x ♥