Ah, Christmas! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yet, Christmas isn’t exactly the healthiest time of the year. With puddings, sugar cookies, special drinks, and more, there’s tons of temptation.
However, this doesn’t mean your healthy eating goals have to fall curbside during this busy season. In fact, with the right planning and strategies, you can enjoy Christmas and the food—all while keeping your health and wellness on track. So, what should you know? How can you ensure you eat healthy this holiday season?
Tip #1: Everything in moderation.
With co-workers bringing treats into the office and Christmas parties offering heaps of great snacks and drinks, it’s easy to overindulge—unless you plan ahead of time. If you have a get-together at a restaurant, select your food off the menu online beforehand. If you have a party to attend, set your drink limit before you head out the door. Doing so can ensure you stick to all those goodies in moderation and don’t overdo it.
It can also pay to know which foods to be cautious of. For instance, soft drinks may not be the best choice due to their high sugar content. Instead, have one soft drink, then opt for water or a less-sugary option.
Tip #2: Plan to overindulge.
If you know you have a big Christmas party Saturday night, it’s probably a good idea to have a light breakfast and lunch, especially if you know you’ll be overindulging. Alternatively, if there was a big brunch at work for the holiday season, go for a light dinner! This can help balance everything out and avoid excess calories.
Tip #3: Pick the healthier option.
This means loading up on veggies and fruit over cookies and cake. Fill most of your plate with the healthiest options at that Christmas dinner or buffet. This will ensure your body is getting the nutrition you need, despite all the holiday temptations. It can also prevent you from eventually filling up on all the holiday desserts.
Tip #4: Alternate alcoholic drinks with water.
The holidays are a time to celebrate and create new memories. With this, we often consume more alcohol than usual. While this is okay once a year, the hangover you’re left with often isn’t. Try to have a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume. This may prevent that hangover and keep you hydrated.
Tip #5: Find active ways to socialise.
Take a hike with your friends or family to catch up. Consider heading out after your big Christmas dinner to look at all the beautiful holiday lights in your neighbourhood. This won’t only get you and your family moving but also will help balance blood sugar levels, preventing those dreaded after-dinner holiday crashes!
Tip #6: Don’t forget to de-stress and relax!
Most importantly, don’t forget to find time to relax. The holidays don’t always have to be about “doing.” In fact, curling up with a good book and cup of cocoa and ensuring you get to bed on time can make this holiday season that much more fulfilling and enjoyable.
From all of us at Turramurra Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy, we wish you a healthy and happy Christmas!
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