For most of us the Christmas holidays are a great time to catch up with family and friends. There are the work parties, family get togethers and that is all before the christmas day food assault. So how do you survive keeping healthy over the “silly”season.
1) Plan in activities – whether it is a walk at the park, some cricket with the family, having a boogie at the christmas party, making sure you plan in those calorie burning activities will help keep you energised and on track.
2) Drink water – during this time of the year some of us swap that water bottle for the wine bottle, so make sure you drink plenty of water to help keep you hydrated. Try doing a glass of water for every glass of alcohol.
3) Get regular sleep. Sleep is your bodies way of repairing and re-energising. So make sure you try to get at least 7.5 hours sleep to maintain a healthy mind and body
4) Watch those puddings! We all know christmas food can be very delicious but often high in fat and sugar and not so great for that jeans zipper. But christmas eating doesn’t need to be unhealthy. Try eating only the main meals to avoid additional snacking. Turkey, pumpkin, kumera and green vegetables are great healthy christmas options as long as they haven’t been deep fried or overloaded with sauces. And if you do like your sweet treats, then just watch your portion sizes.
5) Don’t skip breakfast – Some people skip breakfast because they think it will help them lose weight. In fact, research shows that eating breakfast can help people control their weight. A healthy breakfast is an important part of a balanced diet, and provides some of the vitamins and minerals we need for good health.