For most of us Christmas is a time to celebrate with family, friends, colleagues. However, trying to navigate social gatherings, beverages, and treats can become a source of stress for many of us as we struggle to maintain our nutrition and fitness goals afloat. So let’s talk about how to enjoy the festivities without sabotaging all our efforts.
The holidays provide some challenges to our nutrition and fitness goals. Social events can definitely lead to eat foods you normally don’t eat, and very likely to increase alcohol and dessert consumption.
It is also the time of the year when we take a deserved break from our normal routine. Less hours at the office, travels, family reunions. Unfortunately, with routine changes we tend to skip one too many gym workouts, sit at a table for too long, and put behind our fitness goals.
8 tips for a healthier Christmas
Here are our top 8 tips for a healthier Christmas while enjoying all the good things the holidays always bring. Let’s start!
- Don’t Sit Down All Day
- Don’t Sit Down All Day
We know it’s easy to get stuck at the table the whole day in front of so many delicacies and drinks. Plan ahead to avoid sitting for too long and encourage the whole family to take a walk after meals or play outdoors. The more activity, the better!
2. Set Fitness Goals
Holidays can disrupt your routine a little, but there is no need to give it all up because you miss a couple of sessions at the gym. Plan your holidays so that you incorporate at least 2 to 3 workouts per week, even away from home. Activities such as running, hiking or riding a bike can be done anywhere.
3. Go Easy on the Booze
While avoiding a fresh glass of Sav with your New Year Eve’s dinner or the usual drinks at your company’s Christmas function can be difficult, overindulging in too much alcohol can be easily avoided by alternating an alcoholic beverage with water or club soda and opt for healthier alternative to sugary drinks such as fruit mocktails or smoothies.
4. Don’t Go In Hungry
Start your day with a healthy breakfast and drink plenty of water before holiday gatherings.
Without an empty stomach you will feel less tempted to graze the whole buffet table. Skipping meals might also disrupt your usual routine and make it more difficult for you to stick to your goals afterwards.
5. Think Before You Eat
Wolfing down any treat popping in front of you won’t make your Christmas any merrier, especially if you eat your food mindlessly.
Slow down as you eat and try to enjoy the tastes and smells of what’s in your plate. Make an effort to select what you really want to eat and make it a special occasion, something to be savoured slowly.
6. Don’t Forget Veggies and Fruits
It’s true, Christmas traditional menus don’t allow for much space for veggies and fruits. Nothing stops us to change things up a bit, though.
This year try to include healthy portions of fruit and veggies in your plates to still get all the good vitamins and minerals our body needs over the holidays. There are plenty of ideas on the internet. Get creative!
7. Get Your Sleep
Too often we overestimate our ability to recover after big parties and hangovers. The truth is, our bodies need to rest and sleep is essential for the good functioning of our brain and bodies. Get your 8 to 9 hours of sleep a day and feel refreshed after too much partying.
8. Don’t Stress, Be Merry
Too often we tend to stress over the holidays – overspending, overeating, over drinking, overcooking for the whole family, cleaning…
Remember to take a deep breath and take time to make good memories with the ones you love. It’s helpful to leave the table from time to time, take some fresh air and mentally list all the good things happening in your life.
Ask for help
We hope this helps you stick to your nutrition and fitness goals through the holidays. If need more accountability over this period, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for expert nutrition and fitness advice.