It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
It’s also the most indulgent time of the year with an estimated 6,000 calories being consumed by the average person on the 25th December alone*. So it’s no wonder we all look forward to Christmas day when, as I like to say, ‘calories don’t count’; but the difficult part is not letting this run into the New Year and ruining your progress from 2016.
To give you a helping hand I’ve listed my Top Tips below for keeping healthy over the Christmas holidays.
Now nobody wants to be a bore around Christmas time saying no to each and every treat that is quite literally thrust into our face, and to be honest, who would want to. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be mindful of what we are consuming. Yes, allow yourself that mince pie or that
glass bottle of champagne but make sure it’s what you really want to indulge in and you’re not just eating for eating sake. Set proper meal times where you sit down as a family, and take the time to focus and really enjoy what’s going into your mouth – you’ll feel far less guilty for it!
Whether we intend to or not, Christmas is definitely a time for over indulgence. But that doesn’t mean we should forget the basics. Overeating and drinking alcohol can leave the body dehydrated leading to dry mouth, headaches and tiredness. In order to help your body flush out toxins aim to drink at least 2 litres of water throughout the day; and if you’re drinking alcohol, think about matching one glass of water for every alcoholic drink – trust me, your head will thank you for it in the morning.
Check out my top tips for staying hydrated this winter here
The morning after
You’ve had one two many wines the night before and wake up feeling more than a little bit groggy. Do you A) Head straight for the leftover pizza you started eating on your way home, B) skip breakfast, you can’t face eating, or C) Make a healthy brunch and down a pint of water? If you answered A or B then it’s time to rethink your hangover routine. Getting in a well balanced meal will help your body to recover and stop you craving sugar all day, try a 3 egg omelette with a side of veggies for a protein and fat boost which will perk you up in no time.
Sleep Is King
If there’s one thing that should be non negotiable it’s sleep. We’ve spoken many times on the blog about sleep, and I believe it really is the key to keeping your mind and body healthy. Try and keep some sort of resemblance of a routine going over the festive period; and if you’ve been up all night partying it’s definitely worth skipping the gym and hitting the sack, otherwise you’ll probably feel worse for it the next day.
Check out my top tips for a good nights sleep here
It’s important to keep your body moving over Christmas – and no, I don’t mean multiple trips to the kitchen for another mince pie – I mean raising your heart rate a little and getting a bit of a sweat on. If you struggle to get to the gym, even a 10 minute at home HIIT session will keep you feeling fit. Likewise, if you’ve worked hard all year long and are in need of a little rest period then don’t feel like you have to go to the gym, instead go for a stroll on Christmas morning with the family before you tuck into that box of quality street, or wake up and hit the yoga mat on boxing day morning for a few sun salutations.
Be Kind to Yourself
At the end of the day, you only live once! If you do over indulge just make sure your next meal is healthy and well balanced and forget about the previous one. You’ll feel far less guilty and stressed if you just learn to forgive yourself.
So go eat, drink, be merry and enjoy this special time of year with your loved ones. And if your plan to stay healthy(ish) over Christmas goes horribly wrong – there’s always next year!