5 Tips For A Healthy Christmas

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5 Tips For A Healthy Christmas
Christmas holidays can make it hard to stay on track with healthy eating and fitness. There’s always second helpings of food, afternoon naps, plenty of bubbly… So we’ve got 5 tips to help you enjoy a healthier Christmas that won’t sabotage your goals.

Stay active

We know it’s hard to stay active over the Christmas holidays. All the nostalgic Christmas specials are on TV, it’s the perfect time to watch movies with the kids, but you don’t have to become a couch potato! Try and get up and stretch or take a walk around the house every hour or so. Encourage the family to join you for an after meal walk; it’ll help aid digestion and get everyone outside for a bit.

Watch your alcohol intake

Christmas is one of those occasions where no one will judge you for drinking at any time of the day. Champers with breakfast, why not? Cocktails all day? You bet. It’s not even lunch time? So what? It’s easy to lose track of how much you are drinking especially if others are topping up your glass. Try and alternate between alcoholic and soft drinks, even better alternate with water. You’ll feel much better and your body will thank you.

Leave the stuffing to the Turkey!

There’s always too much food at Christmas so it’s easy to go back for a second or even third helping. Research has suggested we eat around 3000 calories in our Christmas dinner alone, that’s more than the recommended daily intake for an adult man! Not only does this lead to weight gain, it can also cause indigestion and heartburn, and cause you to feel fatigued or sluggish.
Try eating a normal sized meal for dinner (and lunch). Choose small amounts of the foods you really want, you can even put some aside to eat the next day if you’re afraid of missing out on it. Wait at least 20 minutes after eating before going back for seconds - this is how long it takes for your brain to register your stomach is full. The break will help eliminate that bursting full feeling you get when you don’t realise you’re full until it’s too late.

Eat fruit and vegetables

Let’s be honest, how many of you can actually remember a Christmas when you ate fruit that wasn’t on top of the pavlova? Vegetables are easier to eat as they’ll likely accompany the roasts for lunch or dinner. Make sure you grab some leafy salad greens at meal time, and try to snack on a piece of fruit or two throughout the day. It’s important to get your vitamins and minerals to stay healthy as no one wants to fall sick at Christmas.

Think before you eat

Christmas is a time where there is no shortage of chocolates, cakes, mince pies, cheese boards, and more chocolate. Unless you have willpower as strong as steel it’s inevitable that you’re going to eat some sweet (and savoury) treats over this period. If you’re overwhelmed with chocolate gifts the best way to avoid overindulging is to share with friends and family. Take time to think about whether you really want the treat you’re about to eat or whether you’re just eating it because it’s there.

It’s easy to feel guilty at Christmas that you are ruining your hard work by eating all the treats. But if you are careful about how much you eat, and you follow our other tips like staying active, you should be able to enjoy a happy and healthy Christmas.

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