How to stay healthy over Christmas
Resisting that extra mince pie can often seem impossible during the festive period. Although some indulgence is expected (and completely necessary) during Christmas, we have listed some of our top tips to help you stay on track.
Move away from the sofa!
We all know the score- the reruns of our favourite Christmas films and TV shows are on all day and sitting on the sofa with a selection box seems like the only viable option. However, this can leave you feeling sluggish and result in binge-eating. One of our favourite tips is to get up and moving on Christmas Day. Why not have a walk after you’ve eaten your Christmas Dinner? This helps to aid with digestion and improve blood sugar levels. There are lots of options to keep moving on Christmas Day such as outdoor activities and perhaps even a good old-fashioned game of Twister!
Overindulging can lead to digestive issues such as indigestion. Try and eat slowly so that your brain can register that it’s full, which will prevent overeating. Filling half your plate with veggies and drinking plenty of water is a healthy option to keep yourself full.
Before anyone asks us, no this does not include the fruit in your brandy-filled Christmas Pudding! Snacking on fruit is a great way to avoid the temptation of snacking on sugar-filled treats, as well as providing your body with some much-needed vitamins and minerals to replenish your body after the junk food and heavy drinking!
Many of us feel overwhelmed during the festive period. Worrying about money, presents and getting everything done in time for the big day can add lots of unwanted stress. Try not to add pressure on yourself- it is one day out of the whole year after all! Try to laugh about the things that go wrong. Participating in some meditative processes such as yoga is a great way to relax. Making time for yourself in any way possible is a must!
Of course, we’re all going to be enjoying our favourite comfort foods over the holidays- it is Christmas after all! However, try to eat healthily the majority of the time and indulge in your favourite foods for the minority. A great way to approach this would be to ask yourself: do I really want this or could I be thirsty or even bored?
Mince pies, Christmas cake, gingerbread… to name but a few of the classic staple festive treats we all scoff every year. Making a substitution for these treats with some healthy alternatives is a great way to stay on track this Christmas, without sacrificing great tasting food. Try experimenting with coconut oil, oats, bananas and natural sugars such as honey or maple syrup whilst baking.
Keep healthy snacks nearby
Being busy means you can often forget to provide your body with healthy snacks, which can lead to bingeing on unhealthy snacks that are high in fat and sugar. Stay healthy over Christmas by preparing snacks such as fresh fruit, veggies and nuts.
Don’t feel guilty
A little indulgence with family and friends during the festive period is to be expected! Don’t beat yourself up for not eating as clean as usual and make sure to enjoy your Christmas break without a massive amount of food restriction!