Healthy tips for Christmas. For many of us, this time of year seems like one endless social event. Though for some other’s this time of year can be an emotional, busy and stressful time. So with that in mind, here is my Christmas survival guide.
Look after your liver
- Plan ahead, get your diary out and have a look at the events coming up. Make a conscious decision about when you’ll have drink. Give your liver a rest by having a drink or two every 2nd-3rd day. Although the liver is an amazing organ, anything more than one standard drink an hour puts the liver under great strain.
- Increase your water intake over the next few weeks, especially on your drinking days to prevent dehydration.
- Go for gin, vodka or another clear spirit with some soda water and fresh lime or lemon. Avoid sugary cocktails, mixers, fruit juices and cordials.
- Drinking alcohol depletes your B vitamins quite rapidly as many of the B vitamins are involved in alcohol metabolism. Supplementing with a B vitamin complex can replenish these much-needed nutrients. B vitamins can also help convert food into energy so taking a B complex supplement can also help support your energy levels over this busy period.
- Pace yourself by having a glass of sparkling water in between each alcoholic beverage.
What about all that tempting food?
- Avoid going to a party hungry, eat a small snack beforehand. You will be less likely to snack on chips and sugary foods.
- Practice mindful eating. Allow yourself a taste of whatever you really desire but make a conscious decision to really taste the food, savour the flavour and texture and enjoy every mouthful.
- Listen to your physical hunger cues and eat only until you’re 80% full.
- Distinguishing between true hunger & thirst – the same part of your brain is responsible for interpreting hunger and thirst signals.
- Traditional bitter herbs such as Dandelion root, Gentian and Artichoke can also help your body break down food more effectively when taken before meals.
Take the stress out of Christmas
- Plan some down time. Keep a few nights/days free for rest and relaxation.
- Get a good night’s sleep. A good night sleep will makes you feel better, more alert, energetic, and support a healthy mood.
- Don’t forget to exercise. The holiday season is no excuse to stop exercising. You will actually find you have more energy the more you exercise. Go for a walk, kick around a football or try your hand at backyard cricket!
- Dose up on Magnesium. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer, which immensely helps with anxiety. Foods rich in magnesium can be found in leafy greens, nuts and seeds, dark chocolate, figs and avocado.
- Enjoy a cup of B inspired Gypsy fair organic herbal tea. This tea helps to create a general sense of well-being, working to boost energy and enhance focus in order to deal with stress.
- Take some time to reflect on all the good things that have happened this year and appreciate what you have achieved.
Wishing you a healthy and happy Christmas!
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