You know the feeling you get during the holidays?
The angel on one shoulder says you can enjoy the holidays while staying healthy and maintaining your waistline. Meanwhile, the devil on the other shoulder calls for overindulgence, saying you’ve been good all year so what harm could an extra glass of vino and one more slice of trifle do?
Well, the holidays are just around the corner and if you don’t want the devil to win this year, take a look at the tips below and enjoy your holidays while staying healthy.
Stay Active But Stay Safe
Summer during the Festive Season is always inviting us to the outdoors. This year, however, and with the latest COVID developments in Sydney, I urge you to stay safe and follow the NSW Health advice. Staying indoors doesn’t have to mean plonking yourself on the sofa and watching all the Christmas specials, or having a Netflix marathon… You can still stay active while staying indoors by doing your own workout or perhaps try our 15 min whole body workout suggestion.
It would be rather Scrooge-like of me to advise you need to stay clear of all the Christmas treats. After all, Christmas is a time of plenty! So instead of saying no to everything, I invite you to think twice before you say yes. Don’t just gobble everything just because it’s there. Take your time to enjoy every bite, and all the flavours exploding in your mouth, notice the texture, the aroma of the food, and chew slowly and thoroughly. You see, slowing down your eating gives your brain time to register that your stomach is full. It actually takes your brain 20 minutes to realize and send you the “I’m full” message, so if you’re eating fast you’ll end up overeating.
Up to 60% of the human adult body is water! And since summers in Auzzie can get pretty hot you need to remember to drink plenty of H2O and go easy on the booze. During the festive season, the alcohol units can really mount up. From wine to brandy, and bubbles to cocktails… the list goes on. So, do yourself a favour and alternate with glasses of water in between your alcoholic beverages and perhaps switch a cocktail for a refreshing cold juice. Your body will forever be thankful.
Don’t let the holiday madness take a toll on your mental and emotional health. It’s so easy to get caught up stressing about to-do lists, gift shopping, meal cooking, house cleaning, decorating, and trying to please everyone. Instead, turn up your sense of humour and lightheartedness and ask yourself does it really matter if the meringue is a bit flat? Is it the end of the world if you have to alter your holiday plans? After all ‘tis the season to be jolly’ so take a step back and realize there’s no point to sweat the small stuff or stress over things you have no control over. And if you’re really feeling overwhelmed, take some deep breaths or perhaps do a guided breathing exercise to help you centre and ground yourself.
Serve Joy Not Bacteria
If your Christmas duties include preparing any meals, you won’t be too excited to hear that December is one of the most common times of the year for people to get food poisoning. So help minimize the risks by only putting out small amounts of food at a time. This way what’s on the table has just been cooked or just come out of the fridge. Remember to use any leftovers within 48 hours or freeze them. And last but not least, always defrost the turkey in the fridge and not out in the kitchen sink!
So, staying healthy during the holidays isn’t about perfectionism and restricting yourself from any treats, nor is it about scroogely counting calories. It’s more about moderation, mindfulness, and lightheartedness.
And if you fall off the wagon and have an excessive meal or find yourself turning to couch potato, be kind to yourself and don’t throw in the towel. You get a clean slate beginning with the next meal or opportunity to stay active, be more healthy, and feel better.
Have a happy, healthy festive season!
With enormous love XX