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Reliance’s 6 top tips for a healthy Christmas
Rod Beckwith December 21, 2015

Reliance’s 6 top tips for a healthy Christmas

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Christmas tends to mean overindulgence for most of us, a little too much festive cheer can really backfire on our health and wellbeing. Here are some simple tips to stay on top of your health and also enjoy yourself this Christmas

  1. Watch what you eat

Moderation is key at Christmas, avoid going hungry to parties. Eat something light before the party to reduce your chances of snacking on high calorie party food.

Watch your portion sizes. If your will power is weak and you know you will want to finish everything in front of you, use an entrée plate instead of a dinner plate. That way you are sure to eat less. Fill up on fruit and vegetables where possible too.

  1. Avoid too much alcohol

Alcohol is packed with kilojoules (Calories) and loosens your inhibitions so you eat things you normally wouldn’t.

Try to alternate with water and don’t forget the non-alcoholic options – sparkling mineral water, non-alcoholic punch, lime and soda, and iced tea. Remember to have something to eat BEFORE you drink to slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.

  1. Keep moving

Don’t just sit all day, keep up your exercise to counter the food. Visit the gym (usually half-empty at this time of year), go for a swim, walk the dog, play cricket in the back yard with the family. Anything you like to keep you moving.

  1. Stress less

Stress, anxiety, and depression are common during the festive season. If nothing else, reassure yourself that these feelings are normal. Stress reduction strategies include:

  • If you are cooking lunch at home, delegate tasks. You don’t need to do everything yourself
  • Consider doing your food and or gift shopping online.
  • Don’t expect miracles. If you and certain family members bicker all year long, you can be sure there’ll be tension at Christmas gatherings.
  • Avoid known triggers. For example, if politics is a touchy subject in your family, don’t talk about it. If someone brings up the topic, use distraction and quickly move on to something else to talk about.
  • Use relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or focusing on your breath to cope with anxiety or tension.
  1. Sleep more plan for as many early nights as you can. A snooze after Christmas lunch is not enough. There are so many benefits of getting enough shut eye, from helping to lose weight, and being happier to building muscle more easily. Sleep is gold.
  2. Keep hydrated

Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, at least 8-10 glasses a day.  Maintaining and replenishing water levels is vital for things like muscle function, joint and brain protection, immune health, digestion, and even mood.

Have a happy, healthy festive season from Reliance!




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