How to survive the run up to Christmas

It’s Christmas time
… mulled wine, mince pies, turkey leftovers, chocolate,
and alcohol, plus time off work – it’s a bad combination for
our waistlines and our motivation, AND it’s cold outside
too!!

So how can we survive this festive season without
piling on the extra pounds that take weeks to get rid of?

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Did you know it can take 40 minutes on a treadmill to burn
off a mince pie!

Don’t worry help is at hand – we have come up with our Top
10 ways to enjoy a healthy and happy Christmas for you and
your loved ones.

Christmas is a time when people often go way overboard with
their eating habits, chocolate for breakfast lunch and
dinner and these bad habits make us lethargic and can set
us back months in our fitness goals.

These are just a few handy tips that can help keep you on
the straight and narrow so you don’t go completely off the
rails and undo all the hard work you’ve done this year.

Healthy Start

Start the day with a cup of hot water with a lemon slice and
some warming fresh ginger too if you like it. This will help
to alkalise the stomach and settle your PH levels, important
when you are eating a lot of rich, acidic food throughout
the day. Also a homemade fruit smoothie is a great
alkalising, breakfast alternative.

Ditch the Sweets

Swap sugary sweets and chocolate for fruit – tangerines
and clementines are seasonal, colourful and loaded with
immune boosting goodness. Nuts are everywhere at Xmas too
so grab an handful of healthy fats to keep your sugary
carb cravings at bay.

Liquid calories

This time of year it seems it’s gingerbread lattes and no
end of sugary drinks available everywhere. Add in the mulled
wine and other drinks no wonder our belts needs loosening
before Christmas Day has even arrived. Keep up your water
intake through the festive period as it will keep your
energy levels higher, help stop you drinking as many calorie
laden drinks and flush out those toxins.

Workout

Just because your normal routine’s gone out of the window
it doesn’t mean you can’t work out – 10 minutes of HIIT
(high intensity interval training) first thing will set you
up for the day, or go for a 30 minute run or use home exercise equipment.

Walking the dog or just going for a walk with the family is a great way for

everyone to burn calories and enjoy the winter scenery
(especially if Santa brings a bike for the kids).

Immunity boosters

As the days are shorter and the flu season begins one of
the best ways to stay healthy can be through supplements
such as a greens drinks, multi-vitamins and making sure we
don’t neglect our fruit and vegetable intake. Our vitamin D
levels are low at this time of year due to lack of
sunlight, so make sure you get eggs, salmon, sardines and
other seafood into your diet to help keep levels up.

Alcohol Alternatives

Fruit cocktails are a delicious alternative to alcohol or
of course you could offer to drive and stick to sparkling
water with some fresh lime saving yourself a hangover and
your friends a fortune on taxi fare. If you are drinking
just make sure to have a glass of water for at least every
2, ideally 1, alcoholic drink you do have.

Dance the Night Away

If you are out at a party hit the dance floor and burn off
those excess calories – remember to “dance like no one is
watching”

Healthy Christmas Dinner

When it comes to the big event it’s actually not an
unhealthy meal – pile your plate high with vegetables,
especially the green ones, have plenty of turkey and hold
back on too many roast potatoes. Cauliflower is a great
source of Vitamin C and it’s good for your heart.

Avoid some foods

While it’s nice to indulge you will help yourself if you can
steer clear of the bread and cheese – Opt for a smaller
plate and pile your plate high with salad on those Christmas
teas and go for meat rather than cheese.

Get your head right

Waiting until 2014 to do anything healthy is a sure fire way
to ensure you start the New Year feeling sluggish, bloated,
tired and depressed that your clothes don’t fit so well. Be
mindful of your eating, drinking and activity over the next
few weeks and allow yourself to enjoy the festive season
using some of these tips without losing site of what your
health and fitness goals are and remember

“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live”

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