Christmas is both an exciting and stressful time of the year for many people. We’re catching up with family, overindulging in all sorts of unhealthy food, partying, drinking and running around the shops at warp speed – it’s no surprise why they call it the silly season. We don’t look after our mind and body then wonder why we start the New Year with low energy, high-stress levels, poor health and tight jeans! If this is you, it sounds like you may need a Christmas health guide.
Now I know we probably sound like a scrooge and whilst we don’t think you should feel guilty for eating a mince pie, you need to be mindful of what else you’re putting on your plate. Treating yourself doesn’t mean shovelling a whole Christmas hamper into your mouth then only having enough energy to reach for the remote control (seems more like the punishment doesn’t it). No? Then think about this. Australians are gaining an average of 2kg over Christmas every year and don’t tend to lose it again. Ever. That’s whopping 10kg over 5 years which is a lot of mince pies!
It’s not just about how you look though, be kind to your body and give yourself the gift of health and vitality this year. Here is a Christmas health guide with our top 5 tips for staying healthy and energised over Christmas.
1. Crowd out your fridge and plate with fresh fruit and veggies
It’s easy to get carried away over Christmas, but try to remember if it’s in your fridge, you’ll probably eat it. Make sure you’re stocking up on loads of fresh fruits and vegetables instead of lollies and chocolate almonds. Try a whole baked fish and summer salads for Christmas dinner instead of that fatty ham with a side of roast chicken, lamb and ribs. Crowd out your plate with lots of fresh, healthy food, so there’s less room for junk food and if you do enjoy eating a couple of treats on Christmas Day, make it just that….a couple. There’s really no need to have a selection of refined sugary desserts floating around your house for a week, creating acidic bodies and illness. There are also lots of super simple healthy treats you can make at home.
We’re fortunate to live in this beautiful country, and one of our favourite things besides people is the weather! Christmas is warm, sunny and perfect for swimming, bike riding, nature walks or back yard cricket with the family. No need to slog it out on the treadmill, get outside and get moving in the fresh air. It’s not only good for your body but great for your soul as well.
Christmas is a great time to catch up with family and friends, but don’t forget to take some time for yourself. It’s easy to stress out over a Christmas shopping list, cooking for 20 people or finishing up at work. Take a few moments to walk outside, meditate, watch a movie, sleep or read a book. We are always on the go and don’t tend to stop and be still. So stop. Be still.
4. Drink Water
Water is still as important over Christmas as it is for the rest of the year. Stay hydrated. Water plays a crucial role in detoxifying and assisting in building material for growth and repair in the body. Drink 2-3 litres a day and add a wedge of lemon for some flavour. Lemons also support your immune function, reduce inflammation, alkalise your body, aid digestion and promote healing.
Take five minutes to breathe deeply every day. Oxygen is the source of all energy in the body such as circulation, digestion, respiration, absorption and waste elimination. It also reduces stress and revitalises you. Wake up with a stretch up to the sky and a few long, deep breaths. Be kind to yourself and enjoy the holidays.