10 Top Tips for a Healthy and Happy Christmas!!

Christmas is notoriously a time to indulge, but don’t let this be the green light to overindulge!  

 

I was talking to a group of women in the class I was teaching last night and one lady had read that we can easily consume up to 6000 calories on Christmas Day….BUT this is 3-4 days worth of calories for an active woman! So after hearing that I decided that I should put together my top 10 tips for staying healthy and slim at this time of year.  By sticking with these you can still enjoy all the festivities of the season and get through the Christmas period without too much impact on your health and waistline 🙂

 

1.)  TAKE A WINTER WALK

Start your days over the Christmas holidays with a brisk winter walk with your whole family! This will instantly raise your metabolism and work up a calorie deficit – the best start to this indulgent break.

 

2.)  START THE DAY WITH HOT WATER WITH LEMON AND GINGER

This will help to alkalise and settle your stomach on Christmas Day preparing it for what is bound to be a day of rich, acidic food.  Squeeze the lemon juice in to the drink (not the wedge) and grate or chop 1cm of fresh ginger root.

 

3.)  TRY A MINI MORNING WORKOUT

I’m not suggesting you spend Christmas Day sweating in the gym, but even 5-10 minutes of exercises can help to boost your metabolism for the entire day! First thing in the morning, hop out of bed and get into a plank position and hold it for as long as possible pulling your tummy muscles in. This is a great habit to get into, as it draws your stomach muscles in, switching them on and helping you to feel thinner all day. Try doing 3 sets of planks alternated with 3 x 1 minute of squats!

 

4.)  DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

Add fresh lemon, crushed fruit of your choice, cucumber and mint. Spice and herbal teas count too so if you are feeling hungry try a mug of herbal tea and see if that does the trick first! Hydration is key in keeping your metabolism high and for cleansing unwanted toxins from your body.

 

5.)  MODERATE YOUR ALCOHOL INTAKE

A large glass of wine is around 250 calories per glass so can be a big contributor to christmas weight gain….but as it’s Christmas I’m not suggesting you stick to the water! Low calorie drink options would be a glass of champage, a vodka soda with fresh lime or crushed raspberries, or a vodka and slim-line tonic with fresh lemon or lime.

 

6.)  EAT PROTEIN WITH EVERY MEAL

A small portion of protein at each meal – nuts, seeds, pulses, eggs, fish and meat – will help keep you feeling energised and alert and your sugar levels stable! This will ensure you feel fuller for longer and that you don’t get those sugar cravings in the afternoon.

 

7.)  PUT DOWN THE FAT STORING HIGH GI CARBS AND PICK UP THE GOOD ONES

Instead of using white potatoes for your roasted and mashed potatoes for your Christmas Dinner, choose low GI alternatives such as sweet potato, beets and squash. Not only are they more nutritious and delicious but they will keep your sugar levels stable resulting in less cravings for sweet treats! Sweet potatoes are lower in calories and higher in fibre than white potatoes and they are also full of vitamins A and C.

 

8.)  PILE YOUR PLATE HIGH, BUT DO IT CAREFULLY

Time your nutrients for an improved fat-burning effect and eat all your carbs in the morning and afternoon meals and then fill up on protein and vegetables in the evening. When filling your plate 50% should be vegetables, 25% should be protein (such as turkey on Christmas day!), and the other 25% should be your good carbs such as mashed sweet potato J

 

9.)  CHOOSE YOUR CHOCOLATE TREATS WISELY

Another top tip is to be picky when it comes to chocolate! Dark chocolate varieties have high levels of antioxidants, which have more benefits for the body. Transforming a naughty treat into a slightly healthier one!

 

Christmas is a time of plenty, and with chocolates, mince pies and other naughty foods wherever you look! Allow yourself the odd treat but rather than mindlessly popping whatever is in front of you in your mouth, spend a moment thinking about whether you REALLY want it, or are just eating it because it’s there.

 

10.) KEEP THE FOCUS ON FUN, NOT FOOD

Most holidays are associated with certain foods, however, Christmas at your house doesn’t mean food has to be the main focus. Instead throw yourself into the other rituals a holiday brings and plan to go for a family walk or if we are lucky enough to get snow then go sledging!

 

HAVE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY CHRISTMAS!

 

Merry Christmas

 

 

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