Blog December 2017

Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas?

This month I’m sharing my top tips for staying happy and healthy over the festive season. It may seem like an impossible task but trust me, with a few simple tweaks, it can be done.

Tip 1

Plan ahead: Simple things like stocking your freezer with home cooked meals so you don’t have to worry about cooking after a busy day. Another simple tip is writing shopping lists so you don’t end up filling the trolley with tins of biscuits can pay huge dividends.

Tip 2

Watch your portion sizes: Fill your plate with veggies and lean protein first and simply be more mindful of the gravy, roast potatoes and stuffing. Don’t deprive yourself but try to have portion control.

Tip 3

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast: Use it as a chance to stock up on goodness. It will help to kick-start your metabolism, control hunger and stabilize blood sugar levels.

Tip 4

Never arrive hungry: Have a healthy snack before you go out such as an apple & nut butter or carrot sticks & hummus to ensure your head does the party snack choosing and not your stomach.

Tip 5

Keep moving: Aim to get out for a nice long walk after your Christmas Dinner as it will refresh you, aid digestion and boost feel-good hormones. Try and stay active in the run up to the big day too.

Tip 6

Drink Sensibly: Stay hydrated throughout by alternating every alcoholic drink with a glass of water and have a good meal before heading out.

Tip 7

Relax and reset: Take time out to recover, you work hard all year around and don’t want to enter January wrecked. Christmas can be stressful so be sure to set aside some time to relax and do something that replenishes you, be it a long bath, a cup of coffee and a magazine, a walk or a meet up with friends.

Final Thought:

And remember, Christmas comes around once a year so use it as a time to enjoy good food with great company and make lasting memories. Accept that you will be treating yourself a bit more; enjoy it and the next day just get back to your normal healthy habits.