Tips for a Healthier Christmas

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Christmas Time.. Also translated to.. Eating, drinking, eating and more drinking. It can be hard to be healthy at this time of year, right? Christmas seems to be an anchor word for ‘QUICK eat alllllllll the food!!!!!’

If your family and friends don’t prioritise healthy eating as much as you do, then you will definitely find an abundance of sugar everywhere too.

Now I don’t think we should deprive ourselves altogether as that just leads to binges. We should enjoy food. Being too conscious when everyone else is stuffing their faces won’t be much fun. So just be more aware of the amount of junk you are putting into your body and prioritise a few healthy habits.

With that in mind I’ve put together a few tips for you.

  1. Drink plenty of water every day.
  2. Pre make things like veggie stews and soups.
  3. Have a Green smoothie everyday.
  4. Go for winter walks.
  5. Drink plenty of Herbal teas i.e. Ginger, Green and Peppermint.
  6. Don’t  eat a load of junk like you’re never going to be able to eat again!
  7. If you’re going to a party, go prepared with some kind of healthy contribution and eat before you go so that you’re  not tempted by the sugar rich and beige foods.

We know that Christmas time is hectic. Lots of rushing around getting things sorted, visiting friends and family, Christmas parties etc.. If you pre-make some healthy foods to keep in your fridge and freezer it will help to ensure you have healthy things to hand to grab quickly in-between all the festivities.

Curries, stews, soups, overnight oats and energy balls will all be in my fridge to make my life easier.

You could try these recipes..

Butternut Squash, Kale and Chickpea Curry, Satay Curry, Lentil Bolognese, Roasted Tomato and Aubergine Soup, Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Balls 

Obviously I’m sure the odd hangover will make an appearance too. Now I know that fry up is tempting but by choosing nutritious food instead your body will feel much better. If I have too much alcohol these days my body craves nutrient rich foods to feel healthy again.

By the way… When drinking alcohol go for low sugar drinks.. So soda water and fresh lime with your vodka rather than coke or lemonade 😉

My favourite juice recipe for a hangover is this one..

  • 2 apples
  • 1 beetroot (good liver cleanser)
  • 4 sticks of celery
  • half a cucumber
  • inch of ginger

This will help with your dehydration and get nutrients to your cells straight away.

Have a green smoothie with some healthy fats in..

Try this one.. 

  • mango
  • handful of spinach
  • half an avocado
  • banana
  • tbsp almond butter
  • squeeze of lemon
  • tsp spirulina

A pre-made batch of Alkalising soup will sort you out too.. Immune boosting soup If it’s already made all you have to do is heat it up so thats easy enough when you’re suffering 😉

Again, having healthy veggie stews to hand is good too.

It is easy to get run down at this time of year with the cold weather and busy schedules. Therefore I advise to add Probiotics to your diet (I use a powder and add it to soups and smoothies) A lot of illness starts in the gut so keeping a healthy gut should be a priority. Eat things like sauerkraut and kimchi. It’s better to make your own though, don’t buy the cheap ones from the supermarket as you will find with them that they have been stripped of the benefits during manufacturing process.

Get sufficient Vitamin C too. The good news is that fruit and vegetables are high in vitamin C so when your hungover and eating fruit instead of bacon you’ll be getting some vitamin C inside of ya.. Wont cha?! 😉

Pineapple, kiwi, oranges, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli are high in vitamin C.

Christmas Day

Remember that you DO NOT have to eat like there’s no tomorrow because there is tomorrow and you can still eat then!

I know we like to go all out with extras on a christmas dinner, so eat plenty of vegetables and go for a walk after to avoid the food coma.

A few other tips..

  • Drink peppermint tea as its good for digestion.
  • Drink plenty of water as its easy to forget when the alcohol is flowing all day.
  • Save some of the chocolate for the rest of the week.
  • Have some healthy canapés around i.e… olives, crudités with easy hummus

 

I say its ok to ‘loosen the reins’ at this time of year. Don’t get beating yourself up if you’ve not been as healthy as usual but at the same time don’t give up your healthiness altogether. I know it’s easy to think ‘Sod it, I’ll start again January’.. but with these easy tips all does not have to go out the window….

Much love

Tanya xo

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