With holidays and Christmas fast-approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of social activity, late nights and mountains of tempting food and alcohol.
But the festive season isn’t an excuse to overindulge and stop being healthy. Have a good time but, remember, you’ll feel a whole lot better if you try to stick to your normal routine and diet as much as possible.
Here are our top tips to help keep you from overindulging this Christmas season:
Stop eating when you are full
This may seem obvious, but we all know that feeling of eating or drinking too much over the festive season. When you feel full, stop eating. If you’ve had enough to drink, stop drinking. And be careful not to snack too much either.
Wait five minutes
It usually takes your body about five minutes to register that you’re full. So if you aren’t sure if that tummy is on half full or not, stop for five minutes and then reassess the need for that extra roast potato.
Alternate alcohol with water
Stay well hydrated. A good way to do that is to alternate each alcoholic drink you have with a glass of water. Also, as the weather heats up, you’ll need to drink more water anyway.
Don’t drink on an empty stomach
Never, ever, ever drink on an empty stomach! Only bad things will come from it. Line your stomach with food so you don’t get trolleyed and do something you’ll regret.
Don’t skip meals
It’s tempting to skip breakfast because you know you’ll be having a big lunch. This can lead to a gorge-fest at lunchtime because you’re so hungry, which can make you feel over-full and lethargic. Stick to your routine and don’t skip meals.
Keep up your exercise regime
Just because you’re on holiday it doesn’t mean you should put your exercise regime on the back burner. In fact, exercise is more important than ever during the festive season. Not only will you feel good and reap all the benefits, exercise also provides a great escape and time out from guests and the busy-ness that can ensue.
It’s OK to say no!
You’re the master of your own destiny – so that means you can pick and choose what you do and where you go during the festive season. It’s okay to politely decline invitations – people understand it’s a super-busy time of the year. And remember, you can always arrange to meet up with people in the New Year when things are quieter.
Healthy Christmas spread
If you’re having people over or taking a plate, make the food offerings healthy. Christmas food doesn’t have to be high in fat, sugar and carbohydrates. The internet is awash with healthy food ideas if you’re stuck. The beauty of having Christmas in the summer is you can make all sorts of delicious healthy salads and fresh fruit platters.
Get enough sleep
Remember the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. It will keep you feeling refreshed and powered up to enjoy your precious time off.