Over Christmas it often becomes difficult to stay on track and however disciplined you have been over the year, you find that you begin to struggle with the numerous temptations at this time of the year, from cookies, mince pies, champagne to mulled wine. And the problem with having too many treats is that it can lead to unwanted weight gain within a few weeks.
But you don’t need to restrict yourself or diet, instead enjoy yourself by finding moderation in what you are doing.
Below I share five things that you can do over the next few weeks to avoid piling on the pounds or feeling lethargic or bloated. By following these, January won't be a shock to your system and you can ease back into your old routines.
During the cold winter months you may not feel like drinking water but it is important to stay hydrated. Dehydration leads to sugar cravings and feeling tired. You can drink water on it's own or to flavour can infuse it with mint leaves, slices of lemon or ginger, or have green tea or herbal teas. To boost your immunity, get some Vitamin C by adding in freshly squeezed orange juice into your water.
After enjoying heavy indulging meals the food coma often hits in, so the temptation is to relax in-front of the television and not do much.
However, do stay active and go for a walk daily, this reduces the feeling of fullness and also improves digestion. I know it’s cold and gets dark early, so do dress warmly and wear the right shoes to go for a walk outdoors. It’s important you fit something in daily, even a 10 minutes walk, to help keep your body and mind in good shape.
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Slow down when eating
We often eat on the go or when doing something else and don’t even realise we are full. When you eat, just eat and slow down and chew your food, enjoying the flavours and textures. Eating mindfully allows you to enjoy your favourite foods guilt free.
Having a good night sleep is essential for good health, mood and energy levels; exactly what you want over the holidays. Maintaining a relaxing bedtime routine prepares you to unwind. So no matter how busy you find yourself, don’t stay up late or wake up earlier to get things done. You will be better off getting a good nights sleep as once you are well rested you get more done than when you are sleep deprived.
Smarter food choices
Over the next few weeks you will be socialising more, this includes lots of food and alcohol and can take you off your regular meal plan. Enjoy the parties but you don’t need to over eat every time you eat out. My top tip is get a balanced plate by always including some vegetables on it. Also don’t skip meals, because when you skip meals you are most likely to overdo it at the next meal time. You don’t need to deny yourself from your favourite foods but remember to allow the portions of the healthy choices to be larger than those that are not as healthy.
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Over the last two years what we’ve learnt is hygiene is essential, something as simple as washing our hands protects us and also others. Also to keep to the guidelines where you live for social distancing and wearing masks.
Having healthy routines is very useful so you don’t overdo things and are automatically having healthy habits. Make it fun and something you look forward to doing.