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Can I maintain a healthy lifestyle during the festive period?

The festive holiday period is often a time associated with overindulgence and relaxation but with this often comes a sense of guilt and even regret as our bodies ultimately pay the price. It’s important to point out that nobody is immune to the many temptations that the season bring and it’s important to enjoy yourself over the break.  It’s a time to slow down and allow yourself the opportunity to rest and recharge your batteries however, it is important for your wellbeing that you try to maintain the healthy lifestyle you have worked so hard to achieve.

The challenge is not associated one single meal so, if on Christmas day you eat too many roast potatoes or have an extra bowl of trifle, don’t beat yourself up about it. The next day however, try eating something lighter, perhaps try something vegetarian, fish based or low carb dishes. Try to stick to your regular mealtimes and as far as possible, your regular dietary food groups. Eating healthily, regularly, and maintaining correct portion size plays a huge part in keeping you feeling fit and well over the festive period. Try preparing and freezing some healthy meals that will be convenient to eat at any time. Wrong diet choices can tax the liver and gallbladder which often cause sluggishness, brain fog, indigestion and fatigue.

Maintain your fluid intake, (water is best and stay away from coffee, tea or sugary drinks) and try to cut back on alcohol, not always an easy task over Christmas and New Year. Staying hydrated makes you feel less hungry and this will prevent you filling up with mindless snacking. If you do feel like a snack make sure you have stocked up on healthy options such as yogurt, fruit and nuts.

If drinking alcohol, try replacing every second drink with a non-alcoholic option. As well as making you feel lethargic, alcohol also affects your sleep pattern resulting in your body being thrown out of sync for up to 48 hours after consumption. Lastly, it’s important to remember that alcohol is a depressant which affects some people more than others. Challenge your relationship with alcohol and consider, do I really need a drink to enjoy myself?

Remain physical and active during the holiday and encourage your family to do the same.  Perhaps get yourself outdoors and enjoy a long walk in the fresh air.  If you are used to going to the gym and have been affected by many of them closing their doors due to Covid restrictions, perhaps try taking part in online exercises.

In summary, the festive break provides you with the ideal opportunity to recharge your batteries and there is absolutely no reason why you can’t maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout.  Yes, there are temptations however, you may well benefit from having more time on your hands so try to enjoy feeling good about yourself and your life as this will only enhance your break.

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