Christmas time seems to be notorious for us to allow ourselves to overindulge, whether it is with food or alcohol. You can still enjoy the holidays and maintain your waistline and your health.
We tend to spend more time sitting, so be sure to get out and get some exercise. It could be as easy as taking a 15 minute walk after dinner which helps aid in digestion. It’s even more important to stay active during this period. Besides being good for your overall health, exercise can help you get rid of stress and forget about your worries for a while. It’s even recommended to increase your level of physical activity during this time of festivities.
Try not to overeat. Recent research suggests that we consume around 3,000 calories in our Christmas dinner – more than the entire recommended daily intake for a grown man! Take a 20 minute break from eating as it takes 20 minutes for the message to reach the brain. Too much alcohol can be hard on your health and waistline so try to keep tabs on how much you are drinking.
If you’re feeling tired, you risk exhaustion and increasing your level of stress. You might not have the time to take a spa day during the holiday madness, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a little time for yourself. Between shopping, cooking and hosting, make sure you take a moment each day to just relax and clear your mind. A few moments are all you need to unwind and recharge. Take an evening walk, listen to relaxing music, rent the movie you’ve been wanting to see, lose yourself in a good book, treat yourself to a massage, etc. and get a good nights sleep. There are many ways to take some time out and pamper yourself.
And on that relaxing note, happy holidays! And be sure to drink lots of water. Looking for recipes? Click here for some flavoured water recipes.