The festive season is all about fun and that’s often accompanied by over indulging, but if you go too far you’re not going to feel that great. Joana Texiera has some great ideas to get you through the holiday season.
With that at the forefront of your mind let’s look at how you can make healthy choices over Christmas and the New Year.
This is not just a case of making sure that you’ve got quality groceries in, a party timetable sorted and festive budget worked out. It’s also about getting mentally prepared. You need to get into a headspace where it’s perfectly ok to have a good time, even indulge, but know that you need to be ready so that things don’t get out of hand. If you work through the following steps, before you’re already in the festive season, you’ll have your healthy approach sorted and will find it much easier to stay in control.
Be alcohol aware
This is a good rule of thumb at all times, but during the festive season the temptation to overdo it is high. Being aware of this is the first step and from there you can start to put plans in place. It could be that you limit yourself to a certain amount, stay away from certain drinks or put yourself forward as a designated driver to make sure you don’t drink at all. Whatever works for you, put that plan in place.
Another top tip is if you are going to drink at a party, make sure you eat a good meal beforehand. That way the alcohol won’t hit so hard and you’ll also be less likely to excessively tuck into the party food. Keeping a check on your alcohol level brings with it a raft of health benefits – it’s one of the ways to lower cholesterol – so be careful to keep on top of your intake at this tempting time.
Maintain your fitness regime
Christmas and the New Year are going to be busy and there will be plenty of reasons for you not to go to the gym, for that run or walk. But keep on top of your fitness routine and you’re far more likely not go overboard with the indulgence. Also, the calories that you’ll burn will help offset the inevitable increase caused by parties and get-togethers. Fitness and weight control is so important for overall health, from raising energy to being one of the best ways to lower cholesterol, and there’s no excuse for slipping during the festive period.
Keep the treats out of reach
Chocolates, wine, crackers, cheese, nuts, crisps… the list goes on! A list that at Christmas and New Year can really be your undoing. However if you make them harder to get to you won’t dive in all the time. There’s no doubt that you’re going to have a full supply of snack s and treats, but make sure you put them away. If they’re always within easy reach you may find yourself constantly nibbling or sipping. Put them away in cupboards and there’s an element of “out of sight, out of mind” that comes into play. Also, the few extra seconds it takes for you to reach them might just be enough to make you think again: “Do I really need my seventeenth chocolate of the evening?”
That should give you the platform to make healthy choices during the festive season. Don’t obsess but be aware. That way there’s no reason you can’t have fun and still be healthy!
Have a fabulous festive season.
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!