Staying healthy during the festive season is tricky when our December calendars are filled with christmas parties, work drinks, and family get-togethers. It’s easy to throw our healthy lifestyles out the window until the holiday season is over.
It’s that time of year when most of us put our healthy goals on hold and overindulge. I’ve been known for the ‘but it’s Christmas’ mentality’ and I would use that as an excuse to stuff myself with all sorts of foods. Well, none of that this year. Christmas is not an excuse for overindulgence. You can enjoy the festive season without over-stuffing yourself with unhealthy foods.
Here are 7 ways to help you stay healthy during this Christmas season.
- Be mindful – Eat slowly, listen to your body and stop when you are full. Resist the temptation to go for seconds. Take a moment to think about whether you need more food or you just want it because it’s there. Don’t deprive yourself of any food, instead go for smaller portions and fill your plate with more healthful foods.
- Maintain your routine – Don’t put your healthy goals/routine on hold just because it’s Christmas. If you usually hit the gym four days a week, keep it the same during the festive season. If you can’t get to the gym, go for a walk instead or get the whole family outside and play some games. I used to be one of the people that take the whole December off and would start again when the year rolls over. This is a big mistake, because Christmas is the most difficult time to stay fit and healthy which is why you need to stay on top of your game.
- Eat a good breakfast – I don’t think breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, I think it’s important during the festive season to start your day with a nutritionally balanced breakfast. That way you are unlikely to snack on unhealthy foods later in the day. Don’t try to skip your meals in order to save your calories for that dinner party later, you may end up eating more. You will not be able to resist the temptation to eat everything in sight. Don’t do it!
- Accept your party invites wisely – Don’t say ‘YES‘ to every brunch or dinner party you are invited to. Be selective. Every invite you accept means more feasting on unhealthy foods. You can also offer to host or bring a healthy dish to share. That way you will know that there will be some healthy options.
- Stay hydrated – Sometimes, you may think you are hungry when all your body needs is a glass of water. So make sure you keep a water bottle close to you and drink up. Make an effort to drink 6 – 8 glasses of water. Include herbal teas also as they aid in digestion.
- Have a pre-party snack – Don’t go to a party hungry, have a pre-party snack before you go so that you won’t be tempted to eat everything in sight.
- Remember the REAL reason for the season – JESUS! LOVE! JOY! Celebrate with family and friends. GIVE and be KIND. Eat and be Merry. Don’t overindulge, everything in moderation.
Wishing you all a joyful, and healthy Christmas!
Do you have anything you would like to add to my list? Feel free to share in the comment section below.