How To Stay Healthy This Festive Season
First off, I want to encourage you to have a little flexibility with food and drinks around this time of year. Because remember, being perfect with our diets is not healthy, but having balance and enjoy foods and drinks in moderation (guilt free) is healthy. We are human, and being too strict with food and drinks can cause us to feel more guilt when indulging in life’s pleasures.
I get it, I too lead a busy life and being healthy this time of year can sometimes be challenging. However, there are a few things that you can do to support your overall health and wellness. These are a few things I personally focus on to ensure I’m feeling energized and my best throughout this festive party season which you too can implement into your life too.
#1 Aim for balance
When in party-mode it’s can be more challenging sticking to your usual diet, but do your best. Food is abundant, there is no need to overindulge just because it’s the festive season. Do your best to stick to 3 well balanced meals most days and enjoy 1-2 healthy snacks if you are a snacker. Pick and choose your battles, if you know you’ve got an event coming up then eat really well that day and the following day so you can be more relaxed with food and drink options at your event.
#2 Prioritise sleep – 8 hours per night!
This is non-negotiable for me! If you want to make it through all the festivities adequate sleep is necessary. This may mean saying no to some occasions to ensure you get 8 hours sleep per night to recharge your batteries.
#3 Keep moving!
It’s important to move your lymphatic system and sweat out that additional alcohol load, but don’t over do it. Even just a couple of walks or yoga classes paired with one or two sweat sessions at the gym is enough. Remove the pressure to do it all. If you can fit in 3-4 exercise sessions for 30 minutes that’s perfect. And always remember, any additional movement throughout the day such as taking the stairs when possible, or parking your car a couple blocks away from where you usually park is an added bonus.
#4 Limit Alcohol
Yes, I know, more social occasions often mean more drinking for most people, but it doesn’t need to. Limit your alcohol intake, it’s okay to say no to prioritise your health. With so many occasions on peoples calendar over-doing it with alcohol regularly is going only to leave you feeling flat and deplete your body of certain nutrients we need for good health and energy. When you do enjoy a drink opt for healthier options such as vodka, fresh lime and soda, or stick to 1-2 drinks a night, and try to have a few alcohol free days each week.
#5 Stay hydrated!!!
Hydration is key!!! The single most important thing you can do for your health is to make sure you stay hydrated! Drink a minimum of 2 liters of water daily, and more if you exercise. If you do have a couple more drinks than usual one night try sipping on some coconut water the next day to replenish your electrolytes.
Don’t forget…. Be kind to yourself – practice self-love and forgiveness.
Don’t put the pressure on yourself to do it all and eat perfectly. This is a time of year to relax and unwind a little more than usual. Rather enjoy the moment, give yourself permission to indulge guilt-free. Stress causes an increase in cortisol (your fat storing hormone), your body doesn’t need the additional stress. Instead be forgiving of yourself and others.
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Hi I’m Natalie, a Registered Clinical Nutritionist, health influencer, blog writer & recipe creator. My own health complications prompted me to make positive diet & lifestyle changes, revitalize my health leading to a career change from the corporate world to nutritional medicine. I believe in a wholefoods approach to good health, focusing on simple strategies for modern, busy people.