‘Tis the season for bingeing on Quality Street and Baileys, endless parties, late nights and poor gym attendance. But don’t despair, to give you a helping hand in getting through it unscathed, we asked local health guru, Carrie Price, for her advice on how to stay healthy this Christmas without missing out on the festive fun.
While it may not be entirely realistic to tell you to get through the festive season without drinking, there are ways you can limit the number of servings (not to mention empty calories) you allow yourself on any given evening. Opt for low-alcohol options, including wine spritzers, non-alcoholic beers and wines and alternate between an alcoholic beverage and a glass of water. If you have an especially busy social week ahead of you then try and set aside alcohol-free days.
Stay hydrated and aim for at least two litres of pure water per day, as this will aid digestion, keep your skin glowing and help you sleep better (especially after a big night out). Herbal teas count towards your intake and will warm you up at the same time.
Maintaining healthy eating habits can be difficult when party buffet options are mostly deep-fried beige finger foods. Try filling your plate with a good quality protein which will keep you feeling fuller for longer and foods rich in colour as they’re packed with antioxidants which give your body a good cleanse after a night of indulgence. Don’t give in to poor eating habits because of one bad day, just resolve to eat well from your next meal.
Stick to your regular supplement regime, and if you haven’t already, add Vitamin D to the mix. Bleak English winters can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder which can affect not only your mood but your overall health.
Make sure you stick to your normal routine as much as possible. When it comes to exercise, whatever your preference, now is not the time to take a break.
Never forgo a good night’s sleep. Your body needs seven to eight hours of sleep for recovery and to restore energy levels. Your emotional wellbeing depends on good sleep too.
And finally – enjoy yourself! After all, it’s the festive season – a time to celebrate life’s joys with your friends and loved ones and to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done throughout the year.
Carrie is a local Nutritional Therapist passionate about making an impact in her clients lives.