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It happens every year. The year draws to an end and the festive season inches closer, which means one thing…celebrating! While this is usually one of the happiest times of the year, it’s often not the healthiest. An abundance of dinner parties, work drinks, and family gatherings often encourages a lot of not so healthy practices (a little too much cake and wine perhaps?).
Now, I am probably the first person to tell you to enjoy yourself during this period. Relax, unwind, and relish your family and friends without worrying too much. However, this often leads to a little too much indulging, leaving you feeling bloated, sluggish, and a little bit regretful.
The good news is there is a way you can relax, unwind and keep yourself on the healthy living bandwagon!
Here are my top tips for beating the binge this festive season.
Don’t go crazy on super sugary Christmas cocktails. It will only spike your blood sugar levels and leave you with a nasty hangover the next day!
Instead, try: A Vodka, soda water and fresh lime! This is clean, hydrating and easy to drink. Go for gluten free vodkas that have been fermented through potatoes not wheat. Red Wine! Enjoyed at room temperature so this option perfect for the cooler seasons. It’s also far less sugary than other drinks. Red wine contains antioxidants too! Tequila! If you are going to have a shot this is the cleanest around, salt and lime with it too! Always drink in moderation.
Exercising is not only amazing for the endorphins, but I find regular exercise keeps me motivated, and encourages me to make healthier food and lifestyle choices all year round. Try and keep your regular gym appointments, and if you’re travelling – try walking as much as you can, go for jogs, or suggest an active outing with your family and friends. This is also a great way to bond!
Heading to a lunch or dinner? Offer to bring something! I always offer to bring yummy salad or healthy sweet treat. Your family and friends will love you for this – everyone appreciates a helping hand, and it means you have something healthy to choose from if the other options are not so clean and lean!
Heading to a cocktail party or drinks where there will be lots of nibbles, but nothing substantial? This is the biggest trap! Eat a protein-based snack before hand so you aren’t starving and reaching for unhealthy nibbles. Try a big handful of nuts, a bliss ball, protein bar, or some toasted coconut chips.
The increase in alcohol and change in diet often leads to the dreaded bloat! To avoid this make sure you take care of your digestion. Try popping Magnesium Citrate (one pill before bed and you will feel great in the morning), rub those tummy’s to encourage digestion, sip warm water and lemon in the morning to alkalise the body and fire up your digestion, try a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar post meal, or take some digestive enzymes. A healthy and regular digestive system makes the world of difference!
What are you top tips for staying healthy during the festive season? Share them below so we can all work together to stay happy and healthy this time of year!