5 tips to stay healthy over the Christmas break
Start the day the right way
As much as I would love to start my day with a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, unfortunately it doesn’t count as one of my five a day. So, instead I tuck into a nutritious breakfast full of protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. Scrambled eggs, grilled bacon and mashed avocado on toast is the perfect way to start the day.
This doesn’t mean hitting the gym or pounding the pavements for miles on end. This simply means to get moving. A 15-minute ‘at home’ training session, a brisk walk with the dog, or a family bike ride, is perfect over the Christmas break.
Think before you eat
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without over indulging and getting yourself into a food coma at least once over the festive break, but lets be mindful of how much you are eating. Before you take that second mince pie, seventh roast potato or eighteenth chocolate truffle, ask yourself “Am I really hungry, or am I eating for the sake of it?” Chances are that you’re not even hungry.
Get in the Christmas Spirit, just not too much!
Wake up with a Bucks Fizz, cook dinner with a glass of wine, celebrate with a glass of prosecco, finish the meal with a whiskey and relax in the evening with a mulled wine. Christmas is typically a very boozy occasion. I am not saying to cut out all alcohol but to simply make clever choices. Stick to one or two types of alcohol and alternate every drink with a glass of water. (You’ll thank me when you wake up without a hangover the next day!)
Take time to relax
When you think of Christmas, I can guarantee that “stress free” and “relaxing” doesn’t come to mind! From busy shopping malls to hectic family gatherings, December doesn’t ooze relaxation.
But this year is different; make this the year that you take time out for you. Dedicate 30 minutes every day to do something just for you: read a good book, take a long bath or go for a walk.
Remember – A couple of days of overindulging won’t negatively impact your long-term goals; its what you do the rest of the year that counts.
“People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and New Year, but really they should be worried about what they eat between New Year and Christmas.”