As much as we love Christmas, we know there’s a limit to how much pudding and mince pies our bodies can handle.
To avoid the sugar regret and lethargy, we’ve listed our tips to help you avoid a total Christmas blowout. After all, we are at our happiest when we’re feeling healthy and getting the right nutrition. So while you’re indulging in the Christmas spirit (we don’t mean Grandma’s brandy), make sure you’re following these small steps which will help you to stay on top of your game throughout the holiday period.
Here are our tips to help you sleigh this Christmas.
1. Morning Routine
Although the Christmas period can be extremely busy, it’s important to dedicate some time to yourself in the morning. We recommend getting some exercise in early. This way, you’ll start your day feeling energised and your metabolism will be higher.
If you don’t have a lot of time up your sleeve, try for a 20 minute run or a 30 minute HIIT session. Summertime is also a great time to take advantage of the warmer weather and exercise outdoors.
2. Breakfast Smoothies
Christmas lunches and dinners are usually very heavy in carbs and sugar, so if you have a day full of eating, try substituting breakfast for a protein smoothie!
Smoothies make perfect meal replacements, as they contain plenty of nutrients. Adding protein will also keep you feeling full, as well as regulating your blood sugar levels to keep you away from simple carbs, sugars and snacking between meals.
3. Mindful eating
Christmas can mean piles of food, including desserts, so remember to be mindful about your eating. We’re not suggesting that you start counting calories, but rather, slow down and listen to what your body needs in terms of nutrition.
Being mindful about what we eat ensures that we don’t overeat, or regret our choices later on. Things like cocktails and desserts can have a lot of hidden sugar in them, so try and limit the sugar and processed foods where possible.
4. Bare Greens
If you’re feeling like you’ve overindulged at Christmas, get back into your healthy habits by having Bare Greens with cold water and a squeeze of lemon every morning.
Bare Greens is a freeze-dried greens powder bursting with potent vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and phytonutrients. It will help your body cleanse itself of toxins and promote optimal health, so you can get back into your routine more quickly.
5. B Vitamins
People who drink alcohol regularly can be deficient in B vitamins, as alcohol affects the way your body absorbs vitamin B-12. A deficiency in Vitamin B-12 can cause fatigue, muscle weakness, low blood sugar, etc. So if you’re consuming alcohol regularly, it may be wise to consider taking a Vitamin B supplement to help you get back on track.
6. Stay hydrated
During the holidays, it’s common to drink more wine than water, so it’s important to stay hydrated where you can. Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, so it makes sense to replenish your stores to avoid fatigue. Hydration has a major effect on your energy levels and brain function, and can also increase satiety and boost your metabolism, which is very much needed for those days of feasting.
7. Swap your traditional Christmas desserts for one of these
Remember that there can be healthier alternatives! If you’re handy in the kitchen, try recreating traditional recipes to be healthier. Instead of Christmas pudding, try these Raw Cacao Christmas Puddings. Or instead of chocolates, try these Christmas Spiced Protein Chocolate Truffles!