I’m a healthy eater, you may have guessed, but if you know me well you’ll know I have a sweet tooth and I do let myself off and have a pizza,takeaway or cake sometimes! Mmmmm cake! Most of the year it’s easy to manage as there’s only one occasion or outing a week where unhealthy eating/drinking is generally required and the rest of time I love to have a clean varied diet. It makes me feel good and feeling good is damn good!
Now there’s something about Christmas which makes staying balanced oh so much more difficult. For one there’s the numerous Christmas lunches, dinners and parties, the constant flow of celebration chocolates, the work drinks, mince pies, advent calender, then there’s my constant need to bake desserts when it’s cold and this is all even before the big day!
I’m sure, like me, some of these thoughts are through you head around this time of year… ‘It’s okay because I’ll detox in January,’ or ‘I’ll join the gym in the new year.’ Well why not avoid the dreaded calorie controlled tee total January? I am not a fan of quick fix diets, I’m all about ‘lifestyle’ but even I know how difficult it is to stay balanced in December. However, I do think there’s some lifestyle tips you can apply to stay happy and healthy over Christmas and yes you can still gobble and mince pie or two.
1. Stay Hydrated- drink water! Alcohol is dehydrating! Try to keep hydrated with filtered water throughout the day and into the evening. It also helps ‘hangover’ skin! (anyone else get that? no…?)
2. Sleep – 7-8 hours a night! Sleep is so important for our health, metabolism and energy levels. It also will stop you reaching for the coffee and chocolate to perk you up the next day.
3. Get your greens- I love vegetables! Roasted if I’m being particular or if any of you are ever going to cook me vegetables then that’s my preference thank you very much but anyway as well as all your turkey, potatoes, mince pies, christmas pud and champagne try to keep up the greens to balance it all out.
4. Move your body- it’s easy to let other plans get in the way of your workout routine but try to keep to it or even try something new. Exercise releases those happy endorphin’s, helps aid digestion and will make you feel a little less guilty about the pud. Lots of studios and gyms have offers on at this time of year as numbers get low so keep a look out and go with some friends to a new class or try a new gym. I’ve never been a fan of the gym but I’m going to sign up at David Lloyd during my time off for 12 days for £12. Why not.
Leave a comment if you have any other lifestyle tips for the Christmas season or if you have any questions.
Love, Lottie x