I just love Christmas…the days off, family time, sleeping in and all the food; so much food… but that’s not too good. The problem with Christmas is that we relate it with lots and lots of Christmas food ;-) and its not just Christmas Eve, it’s the weeks before Christmas and weeks after where we eat too much. When you start eating sweets, mixed with alcohol and not enough of the good stuff, that’s when it goes wrong. It’s fine to eat sweets, have a glass of wine and eat that special Christmas dinner, as long as you don’t stuff yourself with it everyday of the season. So here it is! My 10 tips for surviving Christmas and feeling good about it too. It’s all about planning…
1. Decide what foods, drinks or sweets you just can’t live without during this Christmas and eat them instead. Really enjoy every little bit you eat or drink with out feeling guilty and blaming your self after. Enjoy! Live a little!
2. Drink water to all your meals. If you are drinking wine then have a glass of water with each glass off wine.
3. Start your morning with a glass of hot water with lemon to flush out those toxins building up during this season.
4. Start your morning right. Eat protein with all your meals so you feel full. This will make it easier for you to avoid snacking on the wrong foods during the days before and after Christmas.
5. Plan your exercise; when, where and how will you move that gorgeous body around ;-). An idea could be to go for a long walk before or after the meals with your family or friends.
6. Get your beauty sleep. Aim to go to bed and wake up at the same time all week. Take a catnap in the weekend if you need a boost of energy too!
7. Start your goal setting now! Most people set goals for the coming year that target their health but you never get around to it. So make a plan now! Grab a piece of paper…Right now. Start writing and planning! How do you see your self in a year from now? What are 3 things regarding your health that you would like to change? What needs to be done for this to happen? What can you start doing already tomorrow to reach your health goals? If you feel that you need help with completing your goals, feel free to contact me at email@example.com and I will help you.
8. Are you going to lots of events the next couple weeks? Bring a healthy snack. Not only will you feel better, but you might even inspire those around you!
9. Try a new recipe this week. How about roasting some root veggies? Aim for carrots, onion, garlic, parsnip, sweet potato and sprinkle it with your favourite herbs. I use cinnamon a lot it such a nice Christmas smell and flavour. All these veggies will go sweet when you prepare them in the oven. It’s a total win win because it satisfies your sweet tooth and nourishes your body. It also tastes good cold, so you have your lunch for tomorrow to!
10. Re-charge, re-fuel and re-store you body, mind and soul. Christmas can be stressful, so make sure you take time to rest, meditate, or have a long bath or footbath with Epsom salt. I usually also take a walk outside, as nature is the best healer.
11. And here is a bonus tip! People usually say that all feelings go to the stomach, so you need to have a happy, healthy stomach for a happy, healthy mind too; especially if you are going through a hard time at the moment. So therefor you should eat foods that contain lots of enzymes that nourish your digestive system. Examples are: a coconut kefir drink, probiotic powder in a glass of water, kombucha tea, sauerkraut, papaya and so on. I always always make sure that I eat or drink one or more a day of these foods so I can support my digestive and immune system.
That’s it for now, beautiful. I wish you a Merry, Healthy Christmas and a Happy sparkling New Year. May all you dreams come true and your health become even better day by day…
Lots of love,
Your Health Coach Lulu