Wow! We’re at that end of the year already! Everywhere you turn there is another bring-a-plate, have-a-drink or let’s-celebrate. It’s impossible to avoid. And let’s face it- we love it! Seeing all our friends and family we’ve barely had time to check in with all year, the chocolates and mince pies, the extra drinks and so many nibblies. There is a reason Santa is so jolly! And jolly large!
I’m not giving anyone the green light to eat, drink and be merry with abandon but cut yourself some slack. There is a lot of benefit to sharing food with people. By eating together, we feel more satisfied with our lives, we laugh more and are more engaged with our community. Eating together is extremely important even if that only happens at Christmas.
Of course, group eating can also lead to the inevitable over-eating and drinking as well! There are tonnes of articles out there on how to moderate your drinking during the silly season, how to make a healthy Christmas meal or minimise the damage done to our waistline. Read those. Use those tips but I’m going to focus on January. When the pants are tight, your face is puffy and you can’t seem to stop the carb cravings. I’m dreading it already!
Once the parties are done and we’re into January but still feeling blah, pull up this blog and have a look at some of these tips to get yourself back on track.
Fasting- this may come as a surprise because I’m not usually one to suggest this! But drastic times call for drastic measures! For just one day drink purified water with a bit of lemon. Just one day. No coffee, tea, food. Just water. It’s a very fast way to get you back on track. Of course, if you have medical conditions this may not be suitable for you so check in with your GP first.
Vegetable days- If the idea of fasting totally for a day makes you a nervous wreck try this more subtle, but effective, approach. For 2 days eat just lightly cooked or raw veg. No extra sauce or stocks just veg. You can make a big veg soup or eat tonnes of salad but keep it uber clean for 2 days.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate- the best way to detox is water. Drink lots of water. At least 2L but you may need more than that. It’s about 35ml per kilo of body weight if you want to calculate it out. Each cup of tea and coffee attracts a tax of 125ml of water extra!
Back to routine- get back to your usually routine A.S.A.P.! If you felt good before Christmas think about what you were doing. Maybe it needs tweaking but it’s a start.
Alcohol free- take a week off the booze. And drink more water. The Christmas hangover can last for weeks…this is like a reset for the body regarding alcohol. Break the habit of a drink at night or after a hard day quickly.
Move it, move it baby- get moving! Movement moves lymph which carries toxins out of the body. Such a cool system and all we have to do is move. Take a walk or go for a swim.
Take a well-earned break over Christmas and New Year! Enjoy your family and friends. Eat and drink in moderation and when you wake up one January morning ready to welcome the New Year feeling great…take a look at the tips above!
Merry Christmas and seasonal greetings all! And a happy, healthy New Year!
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