4 Ways to Stay Healthy Over the Holidays!

The Holidays! We have all been waiting for this time of the year, as this is when we can slow down and enjoy some time off with friends and family. Weather you are going to spend it at home, you are going out, or you are traveling, there will be lots of temptations … from unhealthy food, to neglecting sleeping time and having to much to drink. So instead of all your hard work going to waste and getting stressed about what to eat and drink, why don’t you have a quick look through my list of ways to stay healthy during the Christmas season.

Treat yourself, but don’t go overboard 


I will not tell you to not enjoy your Christmas dinner, or skip the dessert. Instead you can reduce the amount of foods filled with sugar and saturated fats and you can add more of those veggies and fruits that you like into your Christmas menu. You
will feel better as you will not feel bloated and you will not upset your stomach. Also you can try the healthy version of your favourite desserts. Here’s some of my delicious recipes.

Also if you are going out and there is a buffet, make sure you only take one plate with the options that are healthier and resist the temptation to go back for a refill.

Less alcohol, more water


On breaks like these we tend to drink more alcoholic beverages. However, these drinks come with dehydration, headaches and days wasted to recover after a night of drinking. Of course you can enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail now and then, however I recommend practicing moderation.

You should also make sure you hydrate yourself, as always by drinking water. During holidays you can get very easily dehydrated, from stress, traveling, being more active. The result of being dehydrated can be the feeling of being hungry. So
learn the difference between being dehydrated and being hungry and make sure you drink enough water during the Holidays.

Make sure you rest enough


Having so many celebrations to attend to during this time can be tiring, especially when most of these events last until late in the night. When you don’t sleep enough, you tend to have less energy and to make bad food choices. Having late nights from time to time will not affect you much, however coming back home at 4 in the morning every day during holidays is not healthy … and guess what … you will go back to work after the holidays more tired than how you were before Christmas time. So make sure you rest properly and you take advantage of your free time to nap or rest.

Keep being active


Ok so you don’t really want to go at your gym on Christmas morning. That is absolutely fine. However, it’s not really ok to quit on your workout during these holiday weeks just because it’s Christmas. Being active will help you stay in shape and your general health will be better. If you don’t really feel like working out at gym you have so many other options. Go ice skating or skiing. Or you can try a new sport … why not … it’s almost a new year, it’s time to try something new. Even if you go for a 30 minutes walk in the morning on in the afternoon it will make a big difference. Working out and being active will result in your body releasing endorphins, the happiness hormone. Hence this will help you distress and relax you.

I hope your holiday season is filled with good and healthy food, lots of fun activities, less stress and more rest. May you enjoy this time around family and friends, and hopefully you will have a positive New Year start, with the help of my list of ways to stay healthy during the holidays.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
Rich
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