23 Dec My Top 6 Tips for Staying Healthy Over Christmas
The Christmas holidays are definitely a time where you want to enjoy yourself with family, friends and FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD!
I LOVE this time of year for all of the above reasons, however it can be very, very hard on our efforts to stay healthy. Whilst I am ALL OVER enjoying yourself and not depriving yourself of your favourite foods and partying, you could end up feeling crap come January! Don’t worry, I am not going to sit here telling you to put the prosecco down or that piece of cake for that matter.
Instead, I thought I would take a realistic approach to the holidays and give you some tips you can actually use, are easy and won’t make you feel like you are depriving yourself!
One of my best top tips is to not give in exercise, BUT do make it easier on yourself!
By maintain some form of exercise you will make it so much easier upon yourself come January. Plus you release endorphin’s that will make you feel happy in yourself and help with the much needed de-stressing over the holiday period.
You don’t have to go to the gym or doing your regular workouts you can try to be more social. Grab your family or girlfriends and go for that hike or bike ride you have always been meaning to. Try doing a home workout or play the Wii with the kids. Just stay active. If nothing else, do a 30 minute walk everyday in the morning so yu don’t get distracted by things later in the day.
Get PLENTY of Sleep
There are plenty of activities and Christmas celebrations that will contribute to lots of late nights. Enjoying yourself is great, although lack of sleep can lead to cancelled workout plans or eating poorly.
When you are tired, your body produces more of the hormone ghrelin and less of the hormone leptin. Together these germil of hormones generally result in you wanting to eat more and also feeling less satisfied after you eat., which is responsible for your appetite and feeling hungry and less of the hormone leptin which keeps you feeling satisfied. Hello Fridge tapas and unwanted binges!
The occasional late night won’t totally disrupt your health, but be super aware not to have too many over the Christmas period. Take any chance you have to sleep in, take a nap on that sofa or have a break.
Healthier Food Choices
Don’t get me wrong, I do like to indulge in some of my favourites over Christmas time…(Prosecco), I try my hardest not to eat too many sugar filled foods and saturated fats, as I don’t want the post Christmas guilt come January.
There are so many healthy swaps you can make for all of your favourite Christmas foods, and sometimes just changing up a few ingredients can make all the difference to the way your body feels. Baking your own mince pies, fruit cake or stuffing can make all the difference, as you know exactly what ingredient are in there!
If you are asked to bring food to a party, take a healthy alternative. This way you know what is in your food and it will help you to make better food choices.
Drink Plenty of Water
We all know drinking plenty of water is great for hangover, but did you know that even when you are just slightly dehydrated your body can mistake hunger for thirst. So at home or out and about make sure you drink plenty of water. It can also help with indigestion and bloating. You can thank me for this in the NY.
Yes, I know us ladies are all super busy this time of year, however keeping busy can prevent reaching for that fridge when bored. When relexing, keep your hands busy reading a book or take up a new craft. You’ll be surprised to know I love to cross stitch! Shhhh…
Watch Out for Those Hidden Calories!
Avoid fruit juices, fizzy mixers, nuts and those dips and salad dressings. These all contain hidden calories and can make all the difference.
I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Let me know of any more of your Christmas Holiday Tips?